A Little History of the World has charmed readers around the world for eighty years. Ernst Gombrich’s light enticing tone introduces an authoritative narrative. The authors of the Little History books that follow in its wake write for a twenty first century generation. They share a passion for their subject, a belief in its relevance and a desire to make it accessible to the broadest possible audience. Renowned international experts, each author brings their own particular tastes and views to bear so that each History is not a mere account but rather a personal and fresh overview, written to engage and surprise.
John Carey is emeritus professor at Oxford. His books include The Essential “Paradise Lost,” What Good Are the Arts?, studies of Donne and Dickens, and a biography of William Golding. The Unexpected Professor, his memoir, was a Sunday Times best-seller.
Books in the little histories series
A vital, engaging, and hugely enjoyable guide to poetry, from ancient times to the present, by one of our greatest champions of literature What is poetry? If music is sound organized in a particular way, poetry is a way of organizing language. It is la …