J.M. Rabaté, University of Pennsylvania
"The Literature Student's Survival Kit is a remarkably useful collection of information of sure value to many students of literature. Written in a measured way, it presents with both clarity and grace a wide but manageable range of knowledgehistorical, political, cultural, biographical, mythological, theologicalthat will help open up the textures of literary texts, past and present, for readers without that information already at their fingertips. Littlewood's text offers the kind of knowledgeaccessibly laid out, accessibly writtenthat a reader so often needs to know in order to enable informed and sensitive literary interpretation. A book not only valuable but enjoyable too."
Francis O'Gorman, University of Leeds
“This is exactly the kind of book I wish I'd had as a student. It introduces and explains the unfamiliar: the Bible, classics, history. A remarkable combination of explanation, encyclopedia, glossary and databasean indispensable vade mecum. It contains fascinating insights as well as useful facts. How can a reference work be so readable?”
Laurie Maguire, University of Oxford
"This really is a remarkably useful little book."