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A Little History of Religion by Richard Holloway – A Video & Extract

August 11, 2016

To mark the release of the latest addition to the Little Histories series A Little History of Religion, we are sharing a short interview with the author – the wonderful Richard Holloway – and an extract from Chapter Two: The Doors. WATCH A SHORT FILM W …

James West Davidson on A Little History of the United States

September 14, 2015

‘Here is not merely a nation, but a teeming nation of nations.’ – Walt Whitman James West Davidson’s A Little History of the United States is the latest addition to the insightful and concise Little History family of books, which follow the history of …

Martin Luther King & The Dream Speech – 28 August 1963

August 28, 2015

‘The line between slave and free was replaced by a new color line between black and white, enforced more than ever by brutal lynchings.’ On 28 August 1963 – still within living memory, and 52 years ago – civil rights activist Martin Luther King spoke t …

A Little History of… Independence Day

July 4, 2015

Yale’s Little Histories are a family of books that explore the history of the world’s most remarkable people, events and ideas. Independence Day is celebrated by Americans each year on the 4th of July, and commemorates the adoption of the Declaration o …

A Little History of Sarah Young

September 24, 2014

One of the things that make the Yale Little History series unique is that every book is accompanied by specially commissioned illustrations. Each set is created by a different artist-illustrator whose work enlivens the text and creates a unified aesthe …

A Little History of A Little History Of Literature

August 12, 2014

John Sutherland’s ‘Little History’ tackles a very big subject: the glorious span of literature from Greek myth to graphic novels, from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. Sutherland introduces great classics in his own irresistible way, enlivening h …

The Year That Changed Everything in Literature

November 28, 2013

John Sutherland’s A Little History of Literature introduces great classics from across the ages: Beowulf, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, the Romantics, Dickens, Moby Dick, The Waste Land, Woolf, 1984 and dozens of others. These are works ancient and modern, …

What is Literature?

November 12, 2013

John Sutherland’s ‘Little History’ tackles a very big subject: the glorious span of literature from Greek myth to graphic novels, from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. In this extract from the book, Sutherland addresses a fundamental question; wh …

Dangerous Books Around the World

October 5, 2013

Books have always had the power to make authorities rather uncomfortable. Sometimes it’s because the novel makes the government look bad, goes against the teachings of a particular religion, or says things that are simply too salacious for conservative …

Antoine–Laurent Lavoisier and the myth of phlogiston

August 23, 2013

Yale University Press’ Little Histories collection is a family of books that take a closer look at some of the most significant events, ideas, discoveries and people throughout history. To celebrate the launch of the paperback edition of William Bynum’ …