Did you know…?
· In his early teens, Stephen King sold typed copies of his short stories at school.
· King originally thought his novel Pet Sematarywas too frightening to publish.
· King’s legendary Dark Towerseries took him more than 30 years to write.
· Thinnerwas the novel that revealed his “Richard Bachman” pseudonym to the world.
· King wrote The Eyes of the Dragonfor his daughter Naomi.
· He has never liked Stanley Kubrick’s film version of his novel The Shining.
· It took him four years to write what some consider his magnum opus, IT.
· The 2017 film version of IThas grossed more than $700 million worldwide.
· In addition to novels, King has written essays, plays, screenplays, and even poetry.
Stephen Spignesi is a world authority on Stephen King, The Beatles, the U.S. Presidents, the Titanic, and other historical and pop culture subjects. His first novel Dialogueswas hailed as a “reinvention of the psychological thriller.”
While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are often deeper literary meanings interwoven in these texts. How to Read Literature Like a Professor helps us to discover those hidden truths by looking at literature with the eyes—and the literary codes—of the ultimate professional reader: the college professor.
What does it mean when a literary hero travels along a dusty road? When he hands a drink to his companion? When he's drenched in a sudden rain shower? Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices, and form, Thomas C. Foster provides us with a broad overview of literature—a world where a road leads to a quest, a shared meal may signify a communion, and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just a shower—and shows us how to make our reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun.
This revised edition includes new chapters, a new preface, and a new epilogue, and incorporates updated teaching points that Foster has developed over the past decade.