Barron's Inc. is one of America's leading publishers of education and business information. Barron's Booknotes are the company's popular guides to great works of literature. The Booknotes are an excellent aid for students as well as for anyone interested in hearing another voice or perspective as they read the classics.
Each Booknote guide is written by a respected academic and/or educator and includes classic literary criticism of the work in question, a biography of the author, the author's life and work in the context of the times, and detailed analyses of plot, character, and the literary qualities of the work.
Ernest Hemingway's unique prose employed a spare, brutal style that revolutionized American literature. This volume is designed to present biographical, critical, and bibliographical information on Hemingway's best-known or most important works. Following Harold Bloom's editor's note and introduction is a detailed biography of the author, discussing major life events and important literary accomplishments. A plot summary of each novel follows, tracing significant themes, patterns, and motifs in the work.
Lure of the Arcane: The Literature of Cult and Conspiracy
Fascination with the arcane is a driving force in this comprehensive survey of conspiracy fiction. Theodore Ziolkowski traces the evolution of cults, orders, lodges, secret societies, and conspiracies through various literary manifestations—drama, romance, epic, novel, opera—down to the thrillers of the twenty-first century.
The Politics of English as a World Language(New Horizons in Postcolonial Cultural Studies)
The complex politics of English as a world language provides the backdrop both for linguistic studies of varieties of English around the world and for postcolonial literary criticism. The present volume offers contributions from linguists and literary scholars that explore this common ground in a spirit of open interdisciplinary dialogue.
A landmark achievement as expansive, erudite, and passionate as its renowned author, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human is the culmination of a lifetime of reading, writing about, and teaching Shakespeare. Preeminent literary critic-and ultimate authority on the western literary tradition-Harold Bloom leads us through a comprehensive reading of every one of the dramatist's plays, brilliantly illuminating each work with unrivaled warmth, wit and insight. At the same time, Bloom presents one of the boldest theses of Shakespearean scholarships: that Shakespeare not only invented the English language, but also created human nature as we know it today.
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