Literature and Theology
"As a differentiating and circumspect writer who pays as muchattention to his subject as to the larger context, Smith renders anuanced account of Eagleton's involved intellectualstruggles."
Consciousness, Literature and the Arts
"Gives a comprehensive and lucid analysis of Eagleton's oevreand pays due attention to his early writings on the CatholicLeft."
The Guardian readers' recommendations
"Smith offers a lucid account of Eagleton's work."
Times Literary Supplement
"This is the first full treatment of Terry Eagleton's work. And,since Eagleton has written three careers' worth of work, the bookis remarkable for its effortless coverage. It's also remarkable fordigging up Eagleton's early work on religion. If you want to findout about Eagleton's work, this book will be a standard."
Jeffrey Williams, Carnegie Mellon University
"An excellent introduction to the work of Terry Eagleton, whichprovides a fine-grained and wide-awake appraisal of the whole curveof his remarkable career ... Smith knows Eagleton's work insideout, possibly by now even better than Eagleton himself, but hisstrongly informed sympathy with it does not inhibit him fromarticulating some sharp criticisms as well."
Stephen Connor, Birkbeck College