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Who's Afraid of Jane Austen? How to Really Talk About Books You Haven't Read

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Ever wondered how some people seem to have an opinion on every book ever published? Nowadays, there are so many books: how can anyone be well read anymore? Well, help is at hand. Let Henry Hitchings educate you in the invaluable skill of literary bluffing in this survivor`s guide to talking about books you haven`t read. With tips on how to bluff with confidence using quotable insights and invaluable trivia, Henry Hitchings covers all the great books you ought to have read but haven`t got round to yet. If you want to be able to hold your own in a debate about Stephen Hawking or Philip Roth or perhaps you find Shakespeare or Dostoevsky intimidating, then look no further. Including literary heavyweights such as Ulysses, Bleak House and War and Peace this guide will equip you with all the bookish information you need to bluff your way through any scenario, be it a vital exam, an in-depth conversation at the pub or chatting up the potential love of your life. Contents includes, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Henry James, James Joyce, Proust, Homer, Virgil, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Dickens, various contemporary writers, the Bible, the Koran, fairy tales, select bestsellers and some poetry.

Издательство: "Hodder&Stoughton" (2009)

ISBN: 978-1-84854-019-4

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Who`s Afraid of Jane Austen? How to Really Talk About Books You Haven`t ReadEver wondered how some people seem to have an opinion on every book ever published? Nowadays, there are so many books: how can anyone be well read anymore?Well, help is at hand. Let Henry Hitchings… — Stoughton, Подробнее...20091098бумажная книга

Henry Hitchings

Henry Hitchings (born 11 December 1974) is an author, reviewer and critic, specializing in narrative non-fiction, with a particular emphasis on language and cultural history.

He was educated at Eton College, where he was a King's Scholar, and then read English at Christ Church, Oxford before researching his PhD, on Samuel Johnson and Sir Thomas Browne, at University College London. He has written for the "Financial Times", the "New Statesman", "The Guardian" and the "Times Literary Supplement", amongst other publications, and has made radio, television and festival appearances.

In 2005 he published "Dr Johnson's Dictionary: The Extraordinary Story of the Book that Defined the World" [citation |last=Hitchings |first=Henry |authorlink=Henry Hitchings |title=Dr Johnson's Dictionary: The Extraordinary Story of the Book that Defined the World |publisher=John Murray |location=London |year=2005 |isbn=0719566312.] , a biography of Samuel Johnson's epochal A Dictionary of the English Language (1755). The book is the first popular account of Johnson's magnum opus. The American edition was titled "Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson's Dictionary" [citation |last=Hitchings |first=Henry |authorlink=Henry Hitchings |title=Defining the World: the extraordinary story of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary |publisher=Farrar, Straus and Giroux |location=New York |year=2005 |isbn=0374113025 [http://www.holtzbrinckpublishers.com/academic/Book/BookDisplay.asp?BookKey=4589082] ] and won the Modern Language Association's prize for the best work by an independent scholar in 2005. [ [http://www.mla.org/resources/awards/awards_winners/pastwinners_annual/pastwinners_indsch Modern Language Association Prize for Independent Scholars] ]

In April 2008 Hitchings published "The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English", a study of loanwords, calques and their cultural significance. [citation |last=Hitchings |first=Henry |authorlink=Henry Hitchings |title=The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English |publisher=John Murray |location=London |year=2008 |isbn=9780719564543.]

This was followed in October 2008 by "How to Really Talk About Books You Haven't Read", a guide to books and literary erudition. [citation |last=Hitchings |first=Henry |authorlink=Henry Hitchings |title=How to Really Talk About Books You Haven't Read |publisher=John Murray |location=London |year=2008 |isbn=9781848540095]

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