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.