By John Sutherland
This little historical past takes on a truly massive topic: the wonderful span of literature from Greek fantasy to picture novels, from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. He introduces nice classics in his personal impossible to resist method, enlivening his choices with humour in addition to studying: Beowulf, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, the Romantics, Dickens, Moby Dick, The Waste Land, Woolf, 1984, and dozens of others.
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Onev, needlessly. 39 XXII Men are deceived in the recognition of what is obvious, like Homer who was wisest of all the Greeks. For he was deceived by boys killing lice, who said: what we see and catch we leave behind; what we neither see nor catch we carry away. ] ] XXV Pythagoras son of Mnesarchus pursued inquiry further than all other men and, choosing what he liked from these compositions, made a wisdom of his own: much learning, artful knavery. XXII In traditional versions of this story Homer, who is blind, dies of chagrin at not guessing the riddle.
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