John Sutherland


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in The United Kingdom
October 09, 1938

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John Andrew Sutherland is an English lecturer, emeritus professor, newspaper columnist and author.

Now Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, John Sutherland began his academic career after graduating from the University of Leicester as an assistant lecturer in Edinburgh in 1964. He specialises in Victorian fiction, 20th century literature, and the history of publishing.

Apart from writing a regular column in the The Guardian newspaper, Sutherland has published seventeen (as of 2004) books and is editing the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Popular Fiction. The series of books which starts with Was Heathcliff a Murderer? has brought him a wide readership. The books in the series are colle
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A Little History of Literature

3.92 avg rating — 920 ratings — published 2013 — 15 editions
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Is Heathcliff a Murderer?: ...

3.75 avg rating — 262 ratings — published 1996 — 4 editions
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How to Read a Novel

3.06 avg rating — 323 ratings — published 2006 — 6 editions
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50 Literature Ideas You Rea...

3.52 avg rating — 380 ratings — published 2010 — 18 editions
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Curiosities of Literature

3.28 avg rating — 273 ratings — published 2008 — 15 editions
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Can Jane Eyre Be Happy?: Mo...

3.56 avg rating — 206 ratings — published 1997 — 5 editions
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So You Think You Know Jane ...

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3.70 avg rating — 175 ratings — published 2005 — 2 editions
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Who Betrays Elizabeth Benne...

3.65 avg rating — 153 ratings — published 1999
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The Brontesaurus: An A-Z of...

3.81 avg rating — 134 ratings3 editions
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Lives of the Novelists: A H...

3.99 avg rating — 142 ratings — published 2007 — 8 editions
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“Unlike baked beans, loaves of breads, or Fuji apples, books, once consumed, do not disappear.”
John Sutherland, How to Read a Novel

“[Books are] vital to learning. Half the population don't go to football matches but that doesn't make football any less important.”
John Sutherland

“The American critic Dale Peck, author of Hatchet Jobs (2004), argues that reviewing finds its true character in critical GBH such as Fischer's [review of Martin Amis's Yellow Dog]. It represents a return to the prehistoric origins of reviewing in Zoilism - a kind of pelting of pretentious literature with dung, lest the writers get above themselves; it is to the novelist what the gown of humiliation was to the Roman politician - a salutary ordeal. Less grandly, bad reviews are fun, so long as you are not the author. There is, it must be admitted, a kind of furtive blood sport pleasure in seeing a novelist suffer. You read on. Whereas most of us stop reading at the first use of the word 'splendid' or 'marvellous' in a review.”
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