I'm looking for one handy tome of literary criticism that:
1) has various chapters on various authors/books
2) isn't clouded by all that modern theory
3) is brilliant and insightful
4) is interesting enough to not put someone new to criticism to sleep
I'll be taking a long break from university and would like to check such a tome out of the library first to complement my readings over the break.
Not sure if that's enough to give you a clear idea of what I'm looking for... Thanks.