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Literature in English Language

I am preparing for UPSC 2018 mains and am thinking to select "Literature in English" as an Optional.

Gave my Mains this year in my grad subject(Geology) and was decimated completely.

I love to read and have decent command over the language too.

If anyone is interested or can provide any tips, it would be most gracious on their part.

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  • @DrKingSchultz @DrKingSchultz_old

    Contact him(he scored 268 in eng lit this year)..by the way I need one help from you also..what was your geology score?why you are leaving Geo and challenges in Geo...
  • Thank you guys..

    I lost out in Geology because I come from a petroleum background and what geology i have read is quite different from the geology asked.

    Over-confidence killed me.
  • Thank you guys..

    I lost out in Geology because I come from a petroleum background and what geology i have read is quite different from the geology asked.

    Over-confidence killed me.

    You’re welcome and goodluck!
    The End Is the Beginning Is the End
  • This was my choice initially, but then I changed.

    Is there anything you want to ask in particular?

    For starters, I'd recommend History of English Literature, by William J Long. It's reader-friendly, as far as my experience goes. Giving every page a good reading while focusing more from 14-16 th century literature, would lay the basic foundation for your optional preparation. (You can read any book you feel comfortable with, but one good reading of history of literature is a must, IMO)

    ALWAYS keep the socio-political milieu surrounding a literary figure in mind, it should always be at the back of your mind while reading/analysing a work or writing answers, and a book like William J Long would help you do that adequately.

    I wish I had my files and notes with me to share here with you, but I have none.

    Best Wishes. :)

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