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Book review

‘Across the Pond’ and ‘How to Read Literature’ by Terry Eagleton

Prolific to the limits of comprehension, Terry Eagleton writes books like Dickens published installments. He writes too fast to be taken seriously all the time, which means some of his work gets overlooked.

This is unfortunate. Over nearly 40 books, Eagleton, who has held professorships throughout the English-speaking world, has written with passion and admirable clarity. And he isn’t timid. Recent books include, “On Evil,” “Why Marx Was Right,” and my favorite title of the bunch, “Terry Eagleton Presents Jesus Christ.” Eagleton’s “Literary Theory,” which renders comprehensible the most influential schools of thought of the last century or so, has been indispensable to theorists-in-training since its publication in 1983.

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