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Sutherland, John 1938-

Works: 244 works in 1,260 publications in 3 languages and 43,946 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Domestic fiction  History  Biographies  Miscellanea  Puzzles and games  Terminology  Bio-bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Narrator, Contributor, Other, Performer, win, Commentator, Writer of accompanying material
Classifications: PR5684, 823.8
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How to read a novel : a user's guide by John Sutherland( Book )
18 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 1,117 libraries worldwide
In a book that is as humorous as it is learned, author Sutherland tells you how to read fiction better than you do now. He reminds readers how the delicate charms of fiction can be at once wonderful and inspired and infuriating. On one level this is about novels: how they work, what they're about, what makes them good or bad, and how to talk about them. At a deeper level, this book describes what happens when a reader meets a novel. Will a great love affair begin? Will the rendezvous end in disappointment? Taking his readers to the bookshop, Sutherland helps them judge a book by its cover, wondering aloud what genre might be best, even going so far as to analyze one of the latest American bestsellers, all to help the reader choose the novel that is right for him or her.--From publisher description
How literature works : 50 key concepts by John Sutherland( Book )
10 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,033 libraries worldwide
... For any reader seeking a greater appreciation of their favorite novel, poem, or play. Offers a lively and straightforward guide to literary thinking. With a series of compact essays the ... literary critic John Sutherland-- ... admired for his wit and clear reasoning--strips away the obscurity and pretension of literary study. His book offers concise definitions and clear examples of the fifty concepts that all book lovers should know. It includes basic descriptive terms (ambiguity, epic), the core vocabulary of literary culture (genre, style), and devices employed by authors (irony, defamiliarization). More broadly, "How Literature Works" explores the animating concepts behind literary theory (textuality, sexual politics), traces the forces that impact literature's role in the real world (obscenity, plagiarism), and grapples with the future of reading (fanfic, e-book)
Victorian fiction : writers, publishers, readers by John Sutherland( Book )
37 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and held by 1,010 libraries worldwide
"Drawing on extensive research, John Sutherland builds up a fascinating picture of the cultural, social and commercial factors influencing the production of Victorian fiction. Collins, Dickens, Eliot, Thackeray and Trollope are discussed in tandem with writers also very popular with the reading public - Reade, Lytton and Mrs. Humphry Ward - but whose fame has not endured. As John Sutherland demonstrates, author-publisher relations played a central role in determining the success of new novels, with some impressive achievements on both sides."--Jacket
Victorian novelists and publishers by John Sutherland( Book )
26 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in English and held by 922 libraries worldwide
Introduction Part One: The Novel Publishing World, 1830-1870 1. Novel Publishing 1830-1870 2. Mass Market and Big Business: Novel Publishing at Midcentury 3. Craft versus Trade: Novelists and Publishers Part Two: Novelists, Novels and their Publishers, 1830-1870 4. Henry Esmond: The Shaping Power of Contract 5. Westward Ho!: 'A Popularly Successful Book' 6. Trollope: Making the First Rank 7. Lever and Ainsworth: Missing the First Rank 8. Dickens as Publisher 9. Marketing Middlemarch 10. Hardy: Breaking into Fiction Notes Index
The Stanford companion to Victorian fiction by John Sutherland( Book )
10 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 836 libraries worldwide
Mrs. Humphry Ward : eminent Victorian, pre-eminent Edwardian by John Sutherland( Book )
16 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in English and held by 780 libraries worldwide
Biografie van de Engelse schrijfster M.A. Ward-Arnold (1851-1920)
Lives of the novelists : a history of fiction in 294 lives by John Sutherland( Book )
21 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 766 libraries worldwide
No previous author has attempted a book such as this: a complete history of novels written in the English language, from the genre's seventeenth-century origins to the present day. In the spirit of Dr. Johnson's Lives of the Poets, acclaimed critic and scholar John Sutherland selects 294 writers whose works illustrate the best of every kind of fiction-from gothic, penny dreadful, and pornography to fantasy, romance, and high literature. Each author was chosen, Professor Sutherland explains, because his or her books are well worth reading and are likely to remain so for at least another century. Sutherland presents these authors in chronological order, in each case deftly combining a lively and informative biographical sketch with an opinionated assessment of the writer's work. Taken together, these novelists provide both a history of the novel and a guide to its rich variety. Always entertaining, and sometimes shocking, Sutherland considers writers as diverse as Daniel Defoe, Henry James, James Joyce, Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Woolf, Michael Crichton, Jeffrey Archer, and Jacqueline Susann. Written for all lovers of fiction, Lives of the Novelists succeeds both as introduction and re-introduction, as Sutherland presents favorite and familiar novelists in new ways and transforms the less favored and less familiar through his relentlessly fascinating readings
Stephen Spender : a literary life by John Sutherland( Book )
15 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 733 libraries worldwide
"One of the leading poets and cultural icons of the 20th century, Stephen Spender was a prominent writer, literary critic, and social commentator - and close friend of some of the best-known creative talents of his day. Now, in this biography, John Sutherland paints a portrait of Spender and of the glittering literary world of which he was a part, drawing on exclusive access to Spender's private papers." "This narrative illuminates the vast range of Spender's literary, political, and artistic interests. We follow Spender from childhood to his days at Oxford (where he first became friends with W.H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, and Isaiah Berlin); to his meteoric rise as poet in the 1930s, while still in his twenties; to his later years as cultural statesman, at home in both Britain and America. We witness many of the century's defining moments through Spender's eyes: the Spanish Civil War, World War II, the Cold War, the 1960s sexual revolution, and the rise of America as a cultural force. And along the way, we are introduced to many of Spender's accomplished friends, including Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath, Cecil Day-Lewis, Joseph Brodsky, Lucian Freud, George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, and T.S. Eliot. Perhaps most important, Sutherland has been granted exclusive access to Spender's private papers by his wife Natasha Spender. Thus he is able to provide a far more intimate look at the poet's personal life than has appeared in previous biographies. Featuring 36 unpublished photographs, Stephen Spender: A Literary Life throws light not only on this supremely gifted writer, but also on the literary and social history of the twentieth century."--Jacket
A little history of literature by John Sutherland( Book )
13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 707 libraries worldwide
From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter, this rollicking romp through the world of literature reveals how writings from all over the world can transport us and help us to make sense of what it means to be human
The life of Walter Scott : a critical biography by John Sutherland( Book )
23 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and Spanish and held by 679 libraries worldwide
Immediate and immensely readable, this masterful account is at the same time a work of major biographical scholarship. John Sutherland penetrates into the darker areas of Scott's life in a sceptical (yet sympathetic) spirit, bringing the massive oeuvre and the chronicle of the life into manageable proportions, one illumining the other. Scott - the 'Great Unknown' - has always presented challenges to the biographer. Layers of myth continue to protect him from posterity. There is also the sheer size of Scott's achievements as poet, novelist, man of letters, and self-made Laird of Abbotsford. Sutherland justifies Scott as a writer to be read and understand today as much as in his heyday in the nineteenth century
Is Heathcliff a murderer? : great puzzles in nineteenth-century literature by John Sutherland( Book )
27 editions published between 1996 and 2017 in English and held by 552 libraries worldwide
In Is Heathcliff a Murderer? (well, is he?) John Sutherland investigates thirty-four conundrums of nineteenth-century fiction. Applying these 'real world' questions to fiction is not in any sense intended to catch out the novelists who are invariably cleverer than their most defectively inclined readers. Typically, one finds a reason for the seeming anomaly. Not blunders, that is, but unexpected felicities and ingenious justifications. In Is Heathcliff a Murderer? John Sutherland, recently described by Tony Tanner as 'a sort of Sherlock Holmes of literature', pays homage to the most rewarding of critical activities, close reading and the pleasures of good-natured pedantry
Can Jane Eyre be happy? : more puzzles in classic fiction by John Sutherland( Book )
29 editions published between 1997 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 491 libraries worldwide
Discusses mysteries, confusions, and author errors in some of English literature's most prominent publications
Who betrays Elizabeth Bennet? : further puzzles in classic fiction by John Sutherland( Book )
15 editions published in 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 431 libraries worldwide
"In Who Betrays Elizabeth Bennet? John Sutherland unravels 34 literary puzzles in a sequel to his works Is Heathcliff a Murderer? and Can Jane Eyre Be Happy? As well as exploring new conundrums, Professor Sutherland revisits some previous puzzles with the help of readers who offer their own ingenious solutions and set fresh posers for investigation." "Victorian drug habits, railway systems, sanitation, and dentistry are only a few of the areas that shed light on the motives and circumstances of some of literature's most famous characters: Elizabeth Bennet, Betsey Trotwood, Count Dracula, Anna Karenina, Alice, and many more come under the spotlight in John Sutherland's entertaining collection."--Jacket
Bestsellers : a very short introduction by John Sutherland( Book )
13 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 424 libraries worldwide
"This Very Short Introduction takes a look through 'bestseller lists' since their arrival on the scene in the 1980s, to show that these lists monitor one of the strongest pulses in modern literary fiction and are therefore worthy of serious study. Examining how these books reflect the fashions and ideologies of the day, it asks what separates bestsellers from canonical fiction, lifts the lid on the bestseller industry, and includes lively summaries of bestsellers through the years, from Huckleberry Finn to The Da Vinci Code, via many long-forgotten, but once bestselling, titles."--Jacket
John Barleycorn by Jack London( Book )
16 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in English and held by 309 libraries worldwide
Semi-autobiographical, drawing on the author's recollections of alcoholism
Barchester Towers ; and the warden by Anthony Trollope( Book )
16 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and Italian and held by 306 libraries worldwide
"Citizens enjoy their daily lives in Barchester, an English cathedral town, during the 19th century."
So you think you know Thomas Hardy? : a literary quizbook by John Sutherland( Book )
8 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 93 libraries worldwide
Ace literary detective John Sutherland challenges the reader to discover just how well you really know your favourite author. Starting with easy, factual questions the quiz progresses to find out how much you know by deduction and hypothesis- what really motivates the characters, and what is going on underneath the surface? Hugely entertaining as well as full of fascinating insights, So You Think You Know Thomas Hardy? guarantees you will know him much better after reading. it. The answers are at the back! - ;How well do you really know your favourite author? Ace literary detective turned quizm
Stars, Cars and Crystal Meth by Jack Sutherland( Book )
3 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 57 libraries worldwide
Jack Sutherland, the narrator and protagonist of this memoir has, you night say, led a charmed life in the face of seeming damnation. A confirmed alcoholic in his early teens, by his twenties he was PA and bodyguard to the Hollywood stars most notably Michael Stipe, Ru Paul and Mickey Rourke. His work took him to exotic destinations around the world and bizarre encounters and requests. It also led him back to a smorgasbord of lethal addictions: alcohol, marijuana, ecstasy and perhaps most damaging of all crystal meth and the crazed chem sex that characterises its use. On the shores of death's coastline, a nine stone skeleton in a frame that once boasted the shape and tone of a bodybuilder, Jack is saved. By his father, one of the literary world's most esteemed personalities: John Sutherland. A son's memoir told through the prism and prose of a father will surely take its place among the classics of contemporary addiction and recovery stories like A Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. Stars, Cars & Crystal Meth lifts the lid on the shadow world of the Hollywood PA with grim but ultimately inspiring honesty
The boy who loved books : a memoir by John Sutherland( Book )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 36 libraries worldwide
John Sutherland, a leading academic, reveals the details of his challenging and unconventional childhood and explains how books have changed his life
Curiosities of literature : a book-lover's anthology of literary erudition by John Sutherland( Book )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 33 libraries worldwide
One of our best-known and best-loved literary critics turns his attention to the more bizarre areas of literature in this miscellany of fact and trivia. Which author had the heaviest brain? What was the original title of 1984? What do 12% of all winners of the Booker prize have in common? When did cigarettes start making an appearance in English literature? And, while we're at it, who wrote the first Western, and is there any link between asthma and literary genius? Sutherland's irreverent literary masterpiece illuminates every topic imaginable, from author advances to civil war literature to Victorian sex to odd-things-eaten-by-literary characters (think Patrick Bateman's girlfriend in American Psycho). This is the ideal anthology of useless information for all book lovers
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Alternative Names
Sutherland, J. A.
Sutherland, J. A. 1938-
Sutherland, J. A. (John Andrew), 1938-
Sutherland, John 1938-
Sutherland, John A. 1938-
Sutherland, John Andrew.
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Джон Съдърланд
서덜랜드, 존 1938-
サザーランド, ジョン
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