“In this world where everything else changes with time there are only two things, which are known to maintain their existence even when other things fails to survive the beating of the time. Thinking and Language are those things, which never dies and sustains forever!”
Firstly, before starting the review of this amazing title, ‘An Early History Of English Literature’ by Author Dr. Krishma Chaudhary it is obligatory to cover the very meaning of ‘English Literature’ and to understand how it is different from any other literature. Well, Literature can be defined as books and other written works, especially those considered to have creative or artistic merit or lasting value. Books written by an English Author like Charles Dickens can be considered as an example of English Literature, while the books written on a scientific subject are examples of Scientific Literature!
About the Author: Author Dr. Krishma Chaudhary is an Assistant Professor in Department of English, Maharani Kishori Jaat Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Rohtak. She has 3 years of teaching experience. She has participated in various DGHE and UGC sponsored national and international conferences/seminars and presented many papers in national and international conferences/seminars. Several research papers published in International and national journals to her credit. Her area of interest include Literary Theory, Criticism and Indian Writing in English as well as English Language Teaching. Her recent publication is ‘A Postcolonial Reading of Tagore’s Novels (2021).’
Book’s Introduction: This book, ‘An Early History Of English Literature’ by author Dr. Krishma Chaudhary is written to serve the interests of Indian students of English Literature at the colleges, Universities as well as NET/UPSC level. This book is slightly different from the various earlier books of Histories of English Literature. It is quite new in structure having updated material and explanations. The book is consciously written in a simple and Coherent manner so that the matter is very much conceivable to any student of literature without any difficulty of vocabulary etc. The present book is as from its title suggests ‘An Early History of English Literature’ covers almost all the writers of all the early ages and almost all the earlier periods and movements of English Literature!
This book is divided into 30 Reading Worthy Chapters and the language used by the author is simple and yet literary. It includes all major and minor writers, their biographical profile and a summary and short analysis of their important works.
Readers’ Connect: Well, the book is academic in nature and the author has tried her best to serve the target readers, be it the college or university level of students or the ones preparing for examinations like NET or UPSE. Moreover, the author has also made sure to avoid any kind of typographical and factual errors, which is a great factor as it ensures that the readers, especially the students of English Literature can completely rely upon this book.
In addition, even those readers who are not the students or writers of English Literature can also take up this book for read. As the history of English Literature deals with all aspects of development of English literature in a comprehensive manner. The book is based on the syllabus of Indian Universities and covers the entire period of English literature from the early ages down to the modern age. Every age has been portrayed in a simple manner so as to fulfil the requirements of the students of various Indian universities covering the entire field of English literature!
Book’s Verdict: If we will study the complete subject matter presented by the author in this book, then we can easily conclude that of course, the Book Title is very apt and suitable. The author had very well justified the book title, as the subject matter present in this book truly gives a complete account of English Literature, right from the early ages.
Moreover, a book like “An Early History Of English Literature” deserves a chance by the academic as well as non-academic readers. Since as readers most of us do not know about the origin of the very language that we uses every day at various instances in our lives!
Therefore, for the sake of knowledge and awareness, this book is a Must Pick one, and the author indeed deserves appreciation for presenting the subject matter in such a manner, which really translated to be useful for the students as well as the general readers.
Book: An Early History Of English Literature
Authors: Dr. Krishma Chaudhary
Publisher: Astitva Prakashan (2022)
Total Pages: 513
Reviewed By: Neel Preet