A Beginner's Guide to Critical Reading brings literature to life by combining a rich selection of literary texts with original and lively commentary. Unlike so many introductions to literary studies, it vividly demonstrates how criticism and theory can enhance your own enjoyment and appreciation of literature.
Aimed at AS, A2 and undergraduate students, Richard Jacobs draws a map of English Literature which is fresh and distinctive and which offers guidance to many familiar landmarks. In the process he shows that studying literature can be a source of huge pleasure and interest.
'Richard Jacob's anthology is one of the most refreshing and lively collections I have read in a long time. He has a direct (and often humorous) way of addressing his readers, by inviting them to taste both the literature and the critical approaches, to share in his delight at the feast laid before them with no risk of forcefeeding. Everybody will find something to delight them in this book.' - - Carol Fox, The Times Educational Supplement
'an interesting and challenging resource for teachers and enthusiastic students.' - The English and Media Magazine
'This book is essential reading: it takes an exciting journey through the history of English Literature. Richard Jacobs has selected juicy morsels then added significant commentary. It's 481 pages have already become part of my life. This book is highly recommended.' - Trevor Lockwood, Author.co.uk
'All teachers of A level and undergraduate English courses, and their students, will find something of interest in this book. It is a hopeful signpost towards the future of post-16 English Studies.' - NATE
'This series is an excellent example of the need within academia to encourage an awareness of theoretical issues in students.' - Will Slocombe, English