From the publisher:
There they sit, the great tomes of classical literature, taunting you with their length and difficulty, as you ask: which books are the most important and why – and what’s actually any good? Why does most writing about the classics have words like ‘seminal’ or ‘oeuvre’ in it? What does postmodernism mean? Can I get away with just reading the introduction? Now you can enjoy the classics without fear. This survival kit will guide you painlessly through the Western literary canon, century by century: from Ancient Greek drama to the modern novel, via Beowulf, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Romantic poetry, Tolstoy and Proust. There are entertaining plot summaries, unpretentious definitions of literary movements and fresh insights into authors’ lives. With each work assigned ratings from 1 to 10 on Importance, Accessibility and Fun, you’ll discover what’s really worth bothering with and what you can safely discard without guilt. This book will make the things you’ve read clearer, inspire you to tackle the ones you’ve always meant to and make you sound far cleverer than you really are.
This title isn’t currently available to order. However, we’re still able to send you some of our favourite books, old and new – browse the full list at londonreviewbookbox.co.uk/collections/staff-picks.
If you really need THIS title, we recommend you search on Twitter for #ChooseBookshops to find other independent bookshops that may be able to help you.