The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Oxford University Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 1154 pages
Since Sir Paul Harvey's original Oxford Companion to English Literature was published in 1932, it has established itself as the standard source of reference for general readers, as well as an indispensable guide for students and specialists, on all aspects of English literature and English literary culture.
In 1985, under the editorship of Margaret Drabble, with a team of distinguished contributors, the text was completely revised while retaining the essential characteristics of Sir Paul Harvey's much-loved volume. Since then, the Companion has continued to respond to the needs of contemporary readers, with a revision, published in 1995, containing sixty new entries on emerging contemporary voices. This new revision continues in this tradition, adding 16 survey articles on important literary concepts to reassert the position of the Companion as the most complete and readable reference guide to English literary culture currently available. No comparable volume offers such extensive coverage of the classical roots of English literature, and of European authors and works that have influenced the development of English literature. Its wide range of articles cover not only authors and their works, but also fictional characters, plot summaries, composers and artists, literary and artistic movements, historians, philosophers, scholars, as well as editors, publishing history, literary societies, newspapers and periodicals, critical terms and theory.
With new articles on such topics as British Black Literature, Post-Colonial Literature, Spy Fiction, Structuralism, Fantasy Fiction, Children's Literature, Ghost Stories, Historical Fiction, and much more, this revised edition offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date coverage available of the fascinating and multifarious world of English literature.
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Review: The Oxford Companion to English LiteratureUser Review - Scott Golden - Goodreads
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. Read full review
Review: The Oxford Companion to English LiteratureUser Review - Phildobbin - Goodreads
essential companion to anybody who cares about books & their authors... Read full review