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About the Author

John Sutherland was born on October 9, 1938. After graduating from the University of Leicester in 1964, he began his academic career as an assistant lecturer in Edinburgh. He specializes in Victorian fiction, 20th century literature, and the history of publishing. He is Lord Northcliffe Professor show more Emeritus of Modern English Literature at University College, London and is currently teaching at the California Institute of Technology. He writes for The Guardian and is a well-known literary reviewer. He is the author of more than 20 books including Stephen Spender: The Authorized Biography, How to Read a Novel: A User's Guide, The Boy Who Loved Books, Curiosities of Literature, 50 Literature Ideas You Really Need to Know, Lives of the Novelists: A History of Fiction in 294 Lives, and Magic Moments: Life-Changing Encounters with Books, Film, Music. He is also the co-author, with Stephen Fender, of Love, Sex, Death and Words: Tales from a Year in Literature. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by John Sutherland

The Oxford Book of English Love Stories (1996) — Editor — 34 copies
Last Drink to LA (2001) 12 copies
How Good is Your Grammar? (2015) 11 copies
Literary Lives (2001) 8 copies
Thackeray at work (1974) 6 copies

Associated Works

Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) — Introduction, some editions — 43,685 copies
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) — Introduction, some editions — 23,981 copies
Vanity Fair (1848) — Editor, some editions — 14,568 copies
The Woman in White (1859) — Editor, some editions — 12,679 copies
The Moonstone (1868) — Editor, some editions; Introduction, some editions — 10,703 copies
Barchester Towers (1857) — Introduction, some editions — 4,878 copies
The Sea Wolf (1904) — Editor, some editions — 4,319 copies
The Sea, the Sea (1978) — Introduction, some editions — 3,559 copies
Lorna Doone (1869) — Introduction, some editions — 3,305 copies
The Way We Live Now (1874) — Editor, some editions — 2,829 copies
The Eustace Diamonds (1871) — Editor, some editions; Introduction, some editions — 1,969 copies
Phineas Finn (1869) — Introduction, some editions — 1,885 copies
The History of Henry Esmond (1852) — Editor, some editions — 1,355 copies
Armadale (1866) — Introduction, some editions — 1,237 copies
He Knew He Was Right (1869) — Editor, some editions — 982 copies
The History of Mr. Polly (1910) — Introduction, some editions — 826 copies
Rachel Ray (1863) — some editions — 723 copies
The Purple Cloud (1901) — Editor, some editions — 669 copies
John Barleycorn: Alcoholic Memoirs (1913) — Editor, some editions — 568 copies
The Shooting Party (1884) — Introduction, some editions — 477 copies
The History of Pendennis (1848) — Editor, some editions — 466 copies
Is He Popenjoy? (1877) — Editor, some editions — 295 copies
Ralph the Heir (1871) — Editor, some editions — 289 copies
An Eye for an Eye (1879) — Editor, some editions — 280 copies
First Folio: A Little Book of Folio Forewords (2008) — Contributor — 178 copies
The Meaning of the Library: A Cultural History (2015) — Contributor — 170 copies
Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope (1999) — Advisory editor — 127 copies
The Ha-Ha (1961) — Introduction, some editions; Introduction, some editions — 116 copies
Granta 4: Beyond the Crisis (1989) — Contributor — 36 copies
Later Short Stories (1995) — Editor, some editions — 28 copies
Early Short Stories (1994) — Editor, some editions — 20 copies
The Seven Deadly Sins: A Celebration of Virtue and Vice (2012) — Contributor — 9 copies
Development of the English Book Trade, 1700-1899 (1981) — Contributor — 2 copies

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One of the best and most engaging literature surveys from Great Courses.
 
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A.Godhelm | 1 other review | Oct 20, 2023 |
Erudite, Educative and Entertaining!
 
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harishwriter | 5 other reviews | Oct 12, 2023 |
A quick enjoyable read, with new tidbits even for an avid reader of all things Dracula and vampire. Sutherland approaces the subject from multible new angles, but stays on the surface. It would be interesting to dwell deeper, but it's just not that kind of book, more meant as light entertainment, and perhaps to loosen some ingrown perspectives of the subject.
 
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adze117 | Sep 24, 2023 |
I got this from the library but I should purchase it as I can't imagine not reaching for it several times a month to look up books and maps. This book aptly captures the sense of place in all these celebrated books. Books like this are difficult to rate but all readers will enjoy this collection.
 
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