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This is the perfect study tool for Grade seven up to college and university. Although this book is designed primarily for regular class study it is also a highly effective guide for dyslexic and ESL students in high school.

"The Study of English Literature" was developed over thirty years by a high school English teacher. She wrote this book and its companion "The Study of English Language" when she saw a need for clear and easy-to-use manuals for her students. She would make copies for her classes and then happily turn a blind eye when her students would keep her books for college and university.

It is the best guide available for students, teachers and writers to help perfect and understand the use of the sentence, the paragraph, the essay and the research essay from Grade Seven through Twelve and into university.

For the classroom teacher, this book provides clear, concise procedures for students and teachers for understanding the elements and the skills of literary analysis. The skills dealt with include: theme, characters, plot, setting and other important concepts of language and composition skills, definitions and exercises, all logically organized to help students develop efficiency, purpose and clarity in their writing.

"The Study of English Literature" and its companion book "The Study of English Language" have been used by many school systems for over 30 years.

We highly recommend the companion book to this volume, "The Study of English Language".


Chapter One: The Short Story

Unit I. Elements of the Short Story

1. Setting
2. Plot and Plot Structure
3. Characters
4. Point of View
5. Theme

Unit II. Four Types of Short Story

1. Story of Setting
2. Story of Plot
3. Story of Character
4. Story of Theme

Unit III. Study Questions on the Short Story Unit IV. Paragraph and Essay Questions

Chapter Two: Classes of Prose Fiction Unit I. Classes of Prose Fiction

1. Romance and Escape Literature
2. Realism and Interpretive Literature

Unit II. Elements of the Novel

1. Setting
2. Plot and Plot Structure
3. Characters
4. Conflicts
5. Point of View
6. Themes

Unit III. Study Questions on the Novel

Unit IV. Essay Questions on the Novel

Chapter Three: The Drama Unit I. Author's Background Unit II. Types of Drama

1. Historical
2. Tragedy
3. Comedy
4. Social Criticism
5. One-act Play

Chapter Four: Poetry

1. Background Influences on the Poet
2. Subjective content of Poetry
3. Technical Elements of Poetry

* Poetic Forms
* Figures of Speech
* Poetic Devices
* Prosody
* Poetry without Rhyme
* Imagery and symbolism

4. Study Questions on Poetry
5. Essay Questions on Poetry

Chapter Five: Literary Criticism

1. The Formal Essay
2. Essay Questions
3. Essay Outline
4. Topic Sentence
5. Topic Paragraph
6. Body of the Essay
7. Essay Sample of Literary Criticism
8. Polishing Your Style
9. Exercises in Literary Criticism

Chapter Six: The Book Review

1. Preparing to Write a Book Review
2. Elements of a Book Review
3. Writing the Book Review

Glossary of Terminology Bibliography