Love, Sex, Death, and Words: Surprising Tales from a Year in Literature
A few of my favorite random pieces were: “12 July – T ...more
The selection is completely arbitrary and doesn’t even pretend to be anything else and as expected it’s a mixed bag. Some entries are fascinating, some trivial but funny, some ba ...more
"Reading (particularly reading a 600-page book) is the epitome of couch-potatoism.(...) Reading is a good thing (...) but would it not be an even better thing for children to be outside-actually "doing" something, rather than passively "r...more
From 1st January chronicling the complications of the copyright of Peter Pan, Alexandre Dumas duel on the 5th January, a vignette of why Johannes Gutenberg is the true villain of The ...more
The pieces are short, although several include links to books or websites if we want more information. John Sutherland can be delightfully pithy.
I enjoyed it on the whole and it is an interesting idea and book, even though the content is not all interesting. I have a few quibbles with the book: Dylan Thomas did not 'fatall ...more
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, an ...more