What does the white whale symbolize in Moby-Dick? What is stream-of-consciousness writing? What do Lolita and A Clockwork Orange have in common?
Part of DK’s bestselling Big Ideas series, The Literature Book answers these questions and more as it examines the world’s most celebrated books, plays, and poetry. This includes Latin American and African fiction, and best-selling masterpieces from the most renowned authors ever to have lived. Revisit your favorite works and discover new ones – from ancient epics including Homer’s Iliad through modernist masterpieces such as James Joyce’s Ulysses to contemporary fiction such as Zadie Smith’s White Teeth.
Using the Big Ideas series’ trademark combination of stunning images and inspirational quotes that jump out from the pages, the most significant pieces of writing have never been easier to understand. Delve into the famed fiction of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and more with in-depth literary criticism and interesting author biographies, giving each work of literature a new meaning. Explore key themes, characters, and plot summaries with bold graphics, and discover the wider social and cultural context of each work with detailed, authoritative text.
Whether you’re a student of literature or simply an avid book lover, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for further reading here.
Series Overview: Big Ideas Simply Explained series uses creative design and innovative graphics along with straightforward and engaging writing to make complex subjects easier to understand. With over 7 million copies worldwide sold to date, these award-winning books provide just the information needed for students, families, or anyone interested in concise, thought-provoking refreshers on a single subject.
About the Author
DK was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world leading illustrated reference publisher and a member of the Penguin Random House division of Bertelsmann. DK publishes highly visual, photographic non-fiction for adults and children. DK produces content for consumers in over 100 countries and over 60 languages, with offices in the UK, India, US, Germany, China, Canada, Spain and Australia.
DK's aim is to inspire, educate and entertain readers of all ages, and everything DK publishes, whether print or digital, embodies the unique DK design approach. DK brings unrivalled clarity to a wide range of topics, with a unique combination of words and pictures, put together to spectacular effect. We have a reputation for innovation in design for both print and digital products.
Our adult range spans travel, including the award-winning DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, history, science, nature, sport, gardening, cookery and parenting.
DK’s extensive children’s list showcases a fantastic store of information for children, toddlers and babies. DK covers everything from animals and the human body, to homework help and craft activities, together with an impressive list of licensing titles, including the best-selling LEGO® books.
DK acts as the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot's Guides series.
"[The Big Ideas Simply Explained books] are beautifully illustrated with shadow-like cartoons that break down even the most difficult concepts so they are easier to grasp. These step-by-step diagrams are an incredibly clever learning device to include, especially for visual learners." — Examiner.com
"Clever and engaging" — Booklist
"[An] attractive presentation…" — Booklist
"[T]his book takes you through a whirlwind tour of literature through the ages…quick 'n' dirty summaries of the books you maybe never got around to reading." — RedEye, a Chicago Tribune Publication
"The content and tone seem well suited as preparatory handouts to high school English classes." — Library Journal
"The Literature Book tells the stories behind the stories in an engaging manner that will entice even the reluctant reader." — Voice of Youth Advocates