Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics

Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics

by W. John Campbell Ph.D.


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The Book of Great Books is the key to unlocking the secrets to 100 of the world's most enduring novels, plays, and epic poems. Encompassing great works from Homer to Hemingway and from Machiavelli to Maya Angelou, this book will guide you through the plot twists, major themes, and key details that make these classics so enduringly classic. Experience "infernos" and "tempests" and discover worlds ranging from the "Iliad" to a "Brave New World".

More than simply a collection of tasty plot summaries, The Book of Great Books is a treasure chest of information. Entries provide you with a thumbnail historical background, the story's main themes and symbols, insights into the language and style of the work, critical perspectives, and a remarkably handy character diagram that clarifies the relationships among the characters.

High comedy, foul murder, political intrigue, and the world's greatest love stories-the pantheon of great works is yours to enjoy with a landmark volume that makes great writing more accessible.

About the Author:
W. John Campbell, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a writer and critic who lives in New York City. He is the creator of the Essentials series, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760735176
Publication date: 09/30/2002

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