The Art of Literary Research
Suitable for students taking English literature courses, this textbook guides the reader through the rudiments of literary investigation: collecting materials, evaluating evidence, drawing conclusions, taking notes in a scholarly manner and composing one's own prose.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 17th 1992 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published 1964)
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I will admit to just skimming it, but I was given a week to read it, and I gave it a fair chance. I know we shouldn't rely too much on technology, but this book (published in the 1960s) basically contained instructions on how to write a research paper if the internet died. It also repeated itself constantly (for basically the first 150 pages) while just giving tons of examples. The last section was kind of relevant, but I don't quite see how I would've made it to the upper-level college writing...more
This was written a few years back, before the internet. The views are and methods are pertinent for someone seeking to do research into a particular subject in literature but he makes the big mistake of assuming that the "art" of research is even worth it. He assumes his readers already accept that there is some noble mission in chaining yourself to a desk in the library to look into "eradicating error" in literature and never bothers to explain why someone would even want to. Anyway, it's all o...more
Oct 15, 2011 Shanae rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Those this book is quite antiquated, I think the information it provides about doing in-depth research to acquire the most accurate information when taking on the challenge of assessing any text is essential to all English majors and academic writers. I learned quite a bit from Altick and am anxious to put it to good use later this year when I begin writing heavily researched essays.
There is some really interesting information in here, but a lot of outdated research methods. It has been facinating to learn a little more about what exists in libraries and how to conduct a thorough investigation into original manuscripts and "edited" texts.
Richard Altick was Regent’s Professor of English, Emeritus, at The Ohio State University and the author of numerous important works in the field of literary studies.More about Richard D. Altick...