From Shakespeare to Harry Potter: An Introduction to Literature for All
Ages is a literature primer for ages 9 to 99. Using well-known examples from
William Shakespeare, Harry Potter, and other works, the book explains important
concepts in a friendly but knowledgeable way that non-experts can readily
understand. Topics include fiction, poetry, and drama but also "life writing,"
screenplays, and songs. Clear and brief explanations such as "How to Read a
Poem" and "Conventions of Writing About Literature" help readers apply concepts
easily to titles of their choice. Recommended book lists and a proven method
for reading notes promote independent reading, while poetic photographs
stimulate interpretative thinking. Created for general readers, students, and
teachers alike, From Shakespeare to Harry Potter makes a fine starting point
for exploring the wonders of literary art.