Thursday 30 December 2010

John Sutherland’s Top 10 Books about Books

There’s an interesting rundown, for those interested in such things, in today’s Guardian, by John Sutherland (author of the forthcoming 50 Literature Ideas You Really Ought to Know) on his top 10 books about books.

His top 10 are:

1. Aristotle, The Poetics (Ingram Bywater translation)

2. Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation (1966)

3. Stanley Fish, Is there a Text in this Class? (1980)

4. Elaine Showalter, A Literature of their Own (1978)

5. Roland Barthes, S/Z (1977: Richard Miller translation)

6. Frank Kermode, The Sense of an Ending (revised edition, 2000)

7. Terry Eagleton, Marxism and Literary Criticism (1976)

8. Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning (1980)

9. Christopher Ricks, Milton’s Grand Style (1963)

10. Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Signifying Monkey (1988)

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