Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader talks of developments of theoretical and general interest in contemporary literary criticism. The book includes pieces of thoughts from seminal thinkers who introduced the guiding concepts of the present day literary and cultural debate. The first edition of this book was published in 1988. David Lodge (born 1935) was a Professor of English literature. He is a writer and literary critic. His books include The Picturegoers, Therapy, Language of Fiction, Consciousness and the Novel, and many more fictional and non-fictional works. He has also written several screenplays and stage plays for television and theatre.