'Wood maintains his easy conversational tone while thinking deeply about some of the puzzling ways in which what we inadequately call 'form' enables literature to impart what we inadequately call 'knowledge'.' The Times Literary Supplement
' … a brilliantly eloquent account of what books know that their authors might not.' Observer
What does literature know? This 2005 study offers a lively new look at this very ancient question and calls a large range of modern novels and poems to the witness stand. The writers discussed include Henry James, Franz Kafka, Marcel Proust, Jean Rhys and many others.