How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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How to Read Literature like a Professor
Author Thomas Foster
Language English
Genre Literary Criticism
Publisher Harper
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 314 pp (first edition, paperback)
ISBN 0-06-000942-X (first edition, paperback)
OCLC 50511079

How to Read Literature Like a Professor is a New York Times bestseller by Thomas C. Foster, published in 2003. The book explains how to recognize patterns within literature and describes itself as "A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines."[1]

The book also includes Katherine Mansfield's short story "The Garden Party," along with explanations of symbolism found therein.

English professor and biographer Alan Jacobs questioned the value of this book's premise and criticized the idea that "reading is best done by highly trained, professionally accredited experts."[2]

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  1. ^ Foster, Thomas (2003). How to Read Literature Like a Professor. New York: Harper. p. 314. ISBN 0-06-000942-X. 
  2. ^ "Easy Reading: Just Take It One Page At a Time". NPR. June 9, 2011.