How to Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas C. Foster, is a guide to understanding the basic day to day literature and classics that we read in schools and universities or simply at home in our own pleasure. A contemporary fiction and drama professor, Foster takes us on a journey of reading and analyzing famous books throughout the centuries. This book contains a number of practical guides and outlines to break down and comprehend stories piece by piece in order to not only successfully understand the gist of the story but to also identify hidden gems.
Although Foster provides a number of helpful outlines to convert old literature into something that a mind of the twenty-first century would understand, his methods and teachings remain quite vague. How to Read Literature Like a Professor definitely does not live up to the hopes that the title promises. Instead it makes the average readers even more confused and it can even possibly send the wrong message to the struggling readers as they might misunderstand that literature really wasn’t meant for them. This book was anything but an enjoyable read, therefore I would not recommend it anyone.