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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature

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A new edition of the bestselling Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature, this wide-ranging, compact guide has been fully revised and updated. In over 5,500 A-Z entries, it covers all aspects of English literature and constitutes an indispensable reference for English students, teachers, and anyone else who loves literature.
The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature
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Based on the bestselling Oxford Companion to English Literature, this is an indispensable, compact guide to all aspects of English literature. Over 5,500 new and revised A to Z entries give unrivalled coverage of writers, works, historical context, literary theory, allusions, characters, and plot summaries. Discursive feature entries supply a wealth of information about important genres in literature. For this fourth edition, the dictionary has been fully revised and updated to include expanded coverage of postcolonial, African, black British, and children's literature, as well as improved representation in the areas of science fiction, biography, travel literature, women's writing, gay and lesbian writing, and American literature. The appendices listing literary prize winners, including the Nobel, Man Booker, and Pulitzer prizes, have all been updated and there is also a timeline, chronicling the development of English literature from c. 1000 to the present day. Many entries feature recommended web links, which are listed and regularly updated on a dedicated companion website.
Written originally by a team of more than 140 distinguished authors and extensively updated for this new edition, this book provides an essential point of reference for English students, teachers, and all other readers of literature in English.
Dinah Birch has published widely on nineteenth-century literature, and has edited George Eliot's Middlemarch for OWC. Her books on Ruskin include Ruskin's Myths (1988), Ruskin on Turner (1990), a selection from Ruskin's Fors Clavigera (2000), and edited collections of essays: uskin and the Dawn of
the Modern (1999), and Ruskin and Gender (2002) co-edited with Francis O'Gorman.
PREFACE; ABBREVIATIONS; NOTE TO THE READER; CONCISE COMPANION; APPENDICES
Review from previous edition This is a scrupulously produced, smartly laid-out, academically serious and at the same time relishably browsable book. Henry Hitchings, The Times Literary Supplement a work of extraordinary value ... No library, no matter how small, can claim not to be able to afford at least one copy of this invaluable and almost incomparable, reference book. Another authoritative reference work of remarkable value will be welcome news to those libraries which found themselves unable to purchase the full edition. Library Review No guide could come more classic than The Oxford Companion to English Literature ... the literary reference source of first resort ... indispensable ... . Contemporary international writing is excellently covered ... excellent chronology Malcolm Bradbury, The Times Always good company Ian Sansom, Guardian Everybody with an interest in English literature will want to own it David Sexton, Evening Standard Remains irresistible Sue Gaisford, Harpers & Queen Continues to stand out as distinctive, authoritative, and a work of excellence Reference Reviews Increasing user-friendliness and a nice "up to date" feel Reference Reviews Sumptuous volume. Ferdinand Mount, Standpoint Detailed, clear and lively accounts. Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman A classic now made contemporary, this really is a boon companion. Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman Birch and the contributors have done an excellent job. Sameer Rahim, Daily Telegraph Excellence is in the details. Times Literary Supplement, Henry Hitchings It offers companionable assistance; it's your pal in literary need. John Sutherland, Sunday Times It is a fascinating, compact and readable reference work. Day by Day accessible, readable Mail on Sunday If you are at all interested in literature, then this is your essential reference book Writers News
Based on the bestselling Oxford Companion to English Literature, this is an indispensable, compact guide to all aspects of English literature. Over 5,500 new and revised A to Z entries give unrivalled coverage of writers, works, historical context, literary theory, allusions, characters, and plot summaries. Discursive feature entries supply a wealth of information about important genres in literature.For this fourth edition, the
dictionary has been fully revised and updated to include expanded coverage of postcolonial, African, black British, and children's literature, as well as improved representation in the areas of science fiction,
biography, travel literature, women's writing, gay and lesbian writing, and American literature.The appendices listing literary prize winners, including the Nobel, Man Booker, and Pulitzer prizes, have all been updated and there is also a timeline, chronicling the development of English literature from c. 1000 to the present day. Many entries feature recommended web links, which are listed and regularly updated on a dedicated companion website.Written
originally by a team of more than 140 distinguished authors and extensively updated for this new edition, this book provides an essential point of reference for English students, teachers, and all
other readers of literature in English.
`Review from previous edition This is a scrupulously produced, smartly laid-out, academically serious and at the same time relishably browsable book.'
Henry Hitchings, The Times Literary Supplement
`a work of extraordinary value ... No library, no matter how small, can claim not to be able to afford at least one copy of this invaluable and almost incomparable, reference book. Another authoritative reference work of remarkable value will be welcome news to those libraries which found themselves unable to purchase the full edition.'
Library Review
`No guide could come more classic than The Oxford Companion to English Literature ... the literary reference source of first resort ... indispensable ... . Contemporary international writing is excellently covered ... excellent chronology'
Malcolm Bradbury, The Times
`Always good company'
Ian Sansom, Guardian
`Everybody with an interest in English literature will want to own it'
David Sexton, Evening Standard
`Remains irresistible'
Sue Gaisford, Harpers & Queen
`Continues to stand out as distinctive, authoritative, and a work of excellence'
Reference Reviews
`Increasing user-friendliness and a nice "up to date" feel'
Reference Reviews
`Sumptuous volume.'
Ferdinand Mount, Standpoint
`Detailed, clear and lively accounts.'
Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman
`A classic now made contemporary, this really is a boon companion.'
Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman
`Birch and the contributors have done an excellent job.'
Sameer Rahim, Daily Telegraph
`Excellence is in the details.'
Times Literary Supplement, Henry Hitchings
`It offers companionable assistance; it's your pal in literary need.'
John Sutherland, Sunday Times
`It is a fascinating, compact and readable reference work.'
Day by Day
`accessible, readable'
Mail on Sunday
`If you are at all interested in literature, then this is your essential reference book'
Writers News
Over 5,500 entries - all fully revised and updated for this new edition. Also features new entries, such as nature writing, Lee Child, and vampires in literature.
Covers world fiction, literary theory, historical and cultural context.
Appendices include lists of literary prize winners, as well as a historical timeline charting the development of literature through the ages.
Extended entries give fascinating and informative discursive overviews of major genres in fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, biography, and crime fiction.
Written by a team of more than 140 distinguished contributors, edited by Dinah Birch and Katy Hooper.
Based on the acclaimed 7th edition of the Oxford Companion to English Literature, published in 2009.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
2012
Edition
4th
ISBN-10
0199608210
ISBN-13
9780199608218
Format
Paperback
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Place of Publication
Oxford
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edited by
Dinah Birch, Katy Hooper
DEWEY
820.3
Author
Dinah Birch
Media
Book
Pages
832
Edition Description
Fourthtion
Language
English
Publication Date
2012-06-14
Affiliation
Professor of English Literature, University of Liverpool University of
Short Title
OXFORD CONCISE COMPANION TO-4E
Audience
General/Trade
Series
Oxford Quick Reference
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