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Literary Legends of the British Isles Hardcover – 28 Jul 2013

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (US) (28 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764344382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764344381
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 27.9 x 21.6 cm

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Award-winning author Michael Thomas Barry is a graduate of the California State University Fullerton with degrees in history and criminal justice. He also pens the daily column On this date in crime history for

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Capsule Bios of Brit Authors! 17 Jan. 2014
By Michael OConnor - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Michael Barry's LITERARY LEGENDS OF THE BRITISH ISLES, THE LIVES & BURIAL PLACES OF 50 GREAT WRITERS is an appealing, informative, nicely-illustrated guide to famous British wordsmiths ranging from Geoffrey Chaucer to Roald Dahl.

Barry's book, a 2013 Schiffer Publishing release, arranges its subjects in to three chapters: 'Late Medieval and Early Modren Era;' 'Nineteenth Century;' and 'Twentieth Century.' The first section supplies bios on 15 authors/playwrights/poets including Marlowe, Shakespeare, Milton, Swift, Defoe and Burns. The second contains 18 entries including Dickens, Keats, Shelley, Tennyson, Wilde, Conan Doyle and the Bronte sisters. The third section features Kipling, Barrie, Joyce, Orwell, Shaw, Milne, Christie, etc.

Most get a two-three page write-up detailing their life, writings, popular and critical reception and burial spot. Others get more. Shakespeare, for instance, rates four pages. Vintage and contemporary photographs and illustrations nicely compliment the text.

As an introduction to noted British writers, LITERARY LEGENDS OF THE BRITISH ISLES is hard to beat. It's comprehensive, insightful and eminently readable. Highly recommended.
Really interesting book! 9 May 2014
By Judy Crowder - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you cannot visit the British Isles and visit every literature related sight (and who can?) this is a fine substitute. I looked up the Brontes and the book did not disappoint. Lots of photo illustrations, lots of information.
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