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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 3rd edition edition (28 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403944881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403944887
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'I think students could do with reading a book like this which covers the main ground quickly and simply. It would also do as a 'refresher' book...many books of this kind can be returned to afterwards for a 'remind read.' - Martin Coyle, Chair of English Literature, Cardiff University, UK

About the Author

RICHARD GILL teaches English at Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College, Leicester, UK, and teaches adults at the University of Leicester. He is the author of Mastering Shakespeare and Mastering the Novels of Jane Austen (with Susan Gregory).


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I am an adult student studying an Open University Humanities course and I was delighted to find a manual which would cover Novels, Poetry and Plays and give a thorough grounding in literary terms, practical criticism and current theoretical approaches. This is an ideal A-level and undergraduate introduction to studying literature. For those of you who want more depth on each individual area, then I can wholeheartedly recommend Studying The Novel (Hawthorn), Studying The Play (Wallis) and Studying Poetry (Matterson), published by Hodder Staughton and available on Amazon.
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This book is excellent in the way it breaks down the different areas of English. Very basic approach and really useful for how to analyse novels and poems. I bought this book and used it throughout my English Literature degree, and it helped me get really good marks. I also lent it to my little sister who was doing A Level English and she also found it extremely useful. I would recommend this to all levels, whether it be GCSE, A Level or even degree level. It is an excellent book which helps you grasp the basic techniques and points needed to read English Literature.
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This is an excellent and informative book. I have found it useful both for A-Level and in the first year of my degree course. It is clearly written and has many useful textual commentaries on well-known English texts.
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I am a mature student studying English literature after a 15 year break from study. I really needed something to help me refresh my knowledge of how to pick apart texts and how they are written to underpin my limited knowledge.

This book I know is going to be invaluable over the coming years of my degree. It has already helped me with my latest essay on short stories as it covers everything literature based. You make it, it has information on it. Not only on understanding the different genres but how they are written.
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This is by far the only book I find cover all the scope and areas of English literature. There are so many complicated elements and ideas one needs to know very thoroughly as a literature student and Mr Gill explains it very well with simple and clear explanation with many excellent examples. It contains everything from basic things like heroic couplet to the Burlesque. Most importantly, finally, someone writes a literary textbook which help the readers to understand the effects of these literary elements which I found really tough in my first year of A-level. Recommended to people in general, from A-level students to Post-grads.
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Also check out "Mastering Advanced English Language" - Both books are extremely helpful for the beginner and advanced English student. As an adult student I find some text books condesending, this set however is informative and specific.
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I bought this book as I needed clear guidance on preparing and teaching literature at GCE , GCSE and A'Level. It is an excellent guide and worth purchasing.
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