I actually listened to the audiobook version that was narrated by the likes of Alfred Molina, Yeardley Smith and Jacquline Bisset. It was very well do...moreI actually listened to the audiobook version that was narrated by the likes of Alfred Molina, Yeardley Smith and Jacquline Bisset. It was very well done, the audio crisp and the sharp wit expertly yielded. I really enjoyed this as Wilde has some fantastic observations on society that hold true even today.(less)
I think this work is an excellent examination of what happens when adults live through their children, restrict their growth into their own being and...moreI think this work is an excellent examination of what happens when adults live through their children, restrict their growth into their own being and make them feel wrong/dirty for having natural human desires.(less)
Ugh. I couldn't watch My Fair Lady and I could barely force myself to read this. Sorry, George, but this was terrible and terribly dry. I couldn't bri...moreUgh. I couldn't watch My Fair Lady and I could barely force myself to read this. Sorry, George, but this was terrible and terribly dry. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the people involved, least of all Eliza. Don't waste your time.(less)
This book has great writing and poetry, but also explains how to analyze and also gives tips for writing. I would recommend that anyone who is interes...moreThis book has great writing and poetry, but also explains how to analyze and also gives tips for writing. I would recommend that anyone who is interested in learning how to analyze writing, either someone else's or your own, or in picking up tips on how to write better take a serious look at this book. To give an idea of who is included and what info you can expect I'm going to create a list below. I'm not going to include every single writer and entry in my list of included works. I'm also going to break it down into the book sections (I have the book in front of me). It's gonna be a bit long, but I want to give an idea of who is included here. The sections are broken down even more, but I'm leaving those out in the interest of making this as short as possible.
FICTION 1 Reading a Story Fable and Tale: W. Sommerset Maugham, Brothers Grimm Short Story: John Updike 2 Point of View: Faulkner, Poe, Carver, Mansfield 3 Character: Alice Walker, Isaac Bashevis Singer 4 Setting: Kate Chopin, Jack London, Amy Tan 5 Tone and Style: Hemingway, Faulkner, Jorge Luis Borges 6 Theme: Vonnegut, Hawthorne, Stephen Crane 7 Symbol: Steinbeck, Ursula Le Guin 8 (instructional stuff on evaluating a story) 9 Reading Long Stories and Novels: James Baldwin, Kafka 10 A Writer in Depth: Flannery O'Connor 11 Stories for Further Reading: Chinua Achebe "Civil Peace", Willa Cather "Paul's Case", Langston Hughes "On the Road", Jamacia Kincaid "Girl", Tim O'Brien "The Things They Carried", Eudora Welty "A Visit of Charity"
POETRY 12 Reading a Poem: Yeats, Adrienne Rich, Frost, Robert Browning 13 Listening to a Voice: Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth, Louise Gluck, Thomas Hardy, W.H. Auden, Richard Lovelace, Wilfred Owen 14 Words: Robert Graves, William Carlos Williams, Longfellow, Emma Lee Warrior, Josephine Mills, e.e. cummings, Lewis Carroll 15 Saying and Suggesting: William Blake, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alfred Lord Tennyson 16 Imagery: Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop 17 Figures of Speech: Shakespeare, Sylvia Plath, Margaret Atwood 18 Song: Run D.M.C., Paul Simon, Dudley Randall, Bessie Smith, John Lennon 19 Sound: Alexander Pope, Updike, A.E. Housman, William Blake, Michael Stillman 20 Rhythm: Gwendolyn Brooks, Ben Jonson, Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Walt Whitman 21 Closed Form: John Keats, Shakespeare, Wendy Cope, Dylan Thomas 22 Open Form: Wallace Stevens, Dorthi Charles, Lucille Clifton 23 Symbol: Matthew 13:24-30, Sara Teasdale, Ted Kooser 24 Myth and Narrative: Louise Bogan, Yeats, Anne Sexton 25 Poetry and Perosnal Idendity: Sylvia Plath, Rita Dove, Donald Justice, Judith Ortiz Cofer 26 Evaluating a Poem: Stephen Tropp, Rod McKuen, Percy Bysshe Shelly, Emma Lazarus 27 (info on what is poetry) 28 Two Poets in Depth: Emily DIckinson, Langston Hughes 29 Poems for Further Reading: Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Allen Ginsberg, Stephen Shu-ning Liu, John Milton, Sir Thomas Wyatt 30 (info on lives of poets)
DRAMA 31 Reading a Play: Susan Glaspell, Garrison Keillor 32 The Theater of Sophocles Oedipus the King 33 The Theater of Shakespeare: Othello 34 The Modern Theater: Henrik Ibsen, Milcha Sanchez-Scott 35 (info on evaluating a play) 36 Plays for Further Reading: Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams
WRITING 37 Writing about literature 38 Writing about a story 39 Writing about a poem 40 Writing about a play 41 Writing and researching on the computer 42 Critical approaches to Literature
While the complete works are a lot to tackle, I have read several of William's works and love them all. Shakespeare is one of my all time favourite wr...moreWhile the complete works are a lot to tackle, I have read several of William's works and love them all. Shakespeare is one of my all time favourite writers. It started in high school when we read Romeo and Juliet for English class in 9th grade and then read MacBeth in 11th grade. Every now and then I pick up the book and read one of his works. I feel it would be a bit daunting, no matter how much I love William's work, to read it cover to cover. (less)