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(Review) How To Read Literature by Terry Eagleton

Publication Date: 2013
Publisher: Yale University Press
Genre: Nonfiction, critique of reading literature
Pages: 232
Source: Library
Rating: 4 stars for very good


How To Read Literature is written for readers who want to understand how to analyze a work of literature.
In five chapters, Terry Eagleton, organizes the book.
Chapter One: Openings
Chapter Two: Character
Chapter Three: Narrative
Chapter Four: Interpretation
Chapter Five: Value
Eagleton's explanation of a "literary one in which what is said is to be taken in terms of how it is said. It is the kind of writing in which the content is inseparable from the language in which it is presented."  Page 3.

My Thoughts:
I've read and reviewed long enough to discern certain elements while reading a work of literature. For example: symbolism, character development, external and internal conflicts, point of view, believability, and clarity.
How To Read Literature gives examples through works of literat…

(Review) John Wayne: The Life and Legend by Scott Eyman

Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Nonfiction, biography
Pages: 672
Rating: 5 stars for excellent


Marion Robert Morrison was born May 26, 1907. He later changed his name to Duke Morrison. His acting name was John Wayne, but he preferred to be called Duke. He was born in Iowa, but the family later moved to the towns of Palmdale, and Glendale, California. He attended college on a football scholarship. He worked the props in films at Fox Studio in the 1920's. The film, The Big Trail, made in 1930, was his first lead in a film. It was not a success. His first major break came in the film Stagecoach. The director of Stagecoach was John Ford.

John Wayne acted in several B films, before becoming a lead actor in major films. Several of his films are classics: Wake of the Red WitchThe Quiet Man, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and True Grit.

John Wayne: The Life and Legend, examines the childhood,…