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True Grit by Charles Portis

The Best Movies from Books

Booklovers are a proud and loyal bunch, particularly when it comes to defending the honor and superiority of books at all cost. Detail-oriented and focused, we love to blast some poor director's attempt at bringing a book to the big screen, and make itemized lists of all the bits they got wrong. We've put together a selection of books whose film counterpart is equal to - or occasionally, even better than - the original.

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How to Read a Book by Mortimer Jerome Adler

How to Read a Book

by Mortimer Jerome

No one reads all kinds of books the same way. 'How to Read a Book' is a guide to reading comprehension for the general reader. The author provides help in understanding how to read literature, history, poetry and fiction to name a few of the various types of reading discussed.

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Poetry for Poetry's Sake

Poetry for Poetry′s Sake

A.C. Bradley

Bradley′s pedagogical manner and his self-confidence made him a real guide for many students to the meaning of Shakespeare. Though Bradley has sometimes been criticised for writing of Shakespeare′s characters as though they were real people, his book is probably the most influential single work of Shakespearean criticism ever published.

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Practical Criticism: A Study of Literary Judgement

Practical Criticism: A Study of Literary Judgement

I.A. Richards

Presents a theoretical framework and methodological approach for the practice and teaching of modern literary criticism, based on an analysis of varied responses to thirteen different poems.

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