The Oxford Companion to English Literature

The Oxford Companion to English Literature The first edition of The Oxford Companion to English Literature edited by Sir Paul Harvey was published in and quickly established itself as the standard source of reference for scholars stud

  • Title: The Oxford Companion to English Literature
  • Author: Margaret Drabble
  • ISBN: 9780198614531
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The first edition of The Oxford Companion to English Literature, edited by Sir Paul Harvey, was published in 1932, and quickly established itself as the standard source of reference for scholars, students, and general readers alike In 1985, under the editorship of Margaret Drabble, the text was thoroughly and sensitively revised to bring it up to date The sixth edition,The first edition of The Oxford Companion to English Literature, edited by Sir Paul Harvey, was published in 1932, and quickly established itself as the standard source of reference for scholars, students, and general readers alike In 1985, under the editorship of Margaret Drabble, the text was thoroughly and sensitively revised to bring it up to date The sixth edition, published in 2000, was extensively revised, expanded, and updated Almost 600 new entries covered new writers, genres, and issues, and existing entries were reworked to incorporate the latest scholarship In addition to the extensive coverage of writers, works, literary theory, allusions, and characters, there are sixteen featured entries on key topics including black British literature, fantasy fiction, and modernism The Companion remains an unrivaled work that places English literature in its widest context no other book offers such extensive exploration of the classical roots of English literature, and the European and non European works and writers that have influenced its development The sixth edition has now been revised to ensure that it remains absolutely up to date the invaluable appendices the chronology, and lists of winners of major literary awards have been updated, as have many of the entries Informed by the latest scholarly thinking, and comprehensively cross referenced to guide the reader to topics of related interest, the Companion retains its position as the best guide to English literature available.

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    1. 4.0 stars. This is arguably the best reference book ever compiled for English Literature. It is not accurate to say that I have "read" this entire book but I have been using it fairly extensively since I acquired it in 1991 as part of an 8 volume leather bound set from Easton Press called the "Complete Oxford Reference Set." I have found it to be an excellent reference tool that is both easy to use and comprehensive.

    2. If you like to read literature or if you are majoring in English Lit, this book in is worth the investment.

    3. It's not fair to say I've read all the entries, but I read most of the related ones to English (I mean ENGLISH!) Literature. And of course I still use it as a perfect reference book.

    4. This is the definitive single volume reference on English (and that mostly means British) literature. The bias towards British authors is pronounced and obvious and gives a short shrift to the colonials, so deal. Mine has a slight fault to the binding, but I paid $4 at Half Price Books, so I can cope. In depth of coverage it exceeds the Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature; however, Webster's got more coverage of the Americans and world lit in general. If you;re a serious student of the written [...]

    5. A very useful resource to have at hand while reading English literature, particularly for a quick look-up of an author (dates, other works than the one you're currently reading, key biographical facts), book, or sometimes other relevant topics such as literary terms or key social movements. Is fun to browse in when one has a spare half-hour.

    6. I've neither read this nor not read it. Since recommended it to me, I figured I might as well claim it. It's on my reference shelf, I last referred to it only a week or so ago, and I've been using it and its forebears for decades.

    7. Mi-a fost destul de greu sa ma decid pentru introducerea acestui volum in categoria "citite". De altfel, nici nu pot spune ca am "citit-o", ci ca o folosesc in mod curent - informatia este foarte bine structurata si usor accesibila. Am o pasiune pentru enciclopedii, dar admit ca Oxford Companion to English Literature are un loc special in biblioteca :).Este cartea mea de referinta pentru literatura engleza si am avut ocazia, in nenumarate randuri, sa-mi gasesc aici urmatoarea carte.

    8. You haven't really lived until you've met the lady herself in a small seminar at EH and asked her to sign your copy and if it was the coolest and most ambitious project she ever undertook? Answer: of course!

    9. It's somewhat dated, Anglo-centric, Euro-centric, and -- as might be expected -- largely disregards 'genre fiction'; but, I'm still a sucker for these type of encyclopedias. A great big summary of literature that was either written in, or translated into the English language.

    10. Even in the day of the Net, this is still a handy book to have if you want to go beyond your reading, or find a reference you don't understand.

    11. I don't see the point in actually reading this from front to back or any such thing. I think it's going to be a handy friend at times, though.

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