on 13 June 2015
I was advised to buy this book during the first year of my degree by a tutor in my department. My advice to anyone considering buying or consulting this book would be to avoid it. Search for something more rigorous which actually contains useful information. The intention of this book by its authors is to serve as a guide to studying English Literature at degree level. The problem is however that the advice is basic. It is the sort of advice and information that anyone who's studied English at A-Level (which is required if you want to study English Literature at most universities in the UK) would be aware of. There are two key flaws:
-The book contains a history of English literature, which is like an extensive timeline, but this history only begins at the Renaissance. What about Medieval Literature? Why is that left out? You can't pick and choose which periods you want to include if you're claiming to provide a historical framework of ideas.
-The sections on the Romantic and Victorian Period are far too vague.
The book simply tries to do far too much and, as a result, most of the content is vague and unhelpful. One could easily find better information available on wikipedia or other websites.