The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature

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Dinah Birch, Katy Hooper
OUP Oxford, Jun 14, 2012 - Drama - 815 pages
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 alphabetical entries give unrivaled coverage of writers, works, historical context, literary theory, allusions, characters, and plot summaries. The entries range from brief identifications of fictional characters to fascinating and informative articles that cover such topics as major authors, key literary works, and major genres in fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, biography, and crime fiction.

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.

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature
Appendix 1 Chronology
Appendix 2 Poets Laureate
Appendix 3 Childrens Laureates
Appendix 4 Literary Awards

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Dinah Birch is Professor of English Literature, University of Liverpool. She has published widely on nineteenth-century literature, and has edited novels by Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, and Elizabeth Gaskell. Her books include Ruskin's Myths (1988), Ruskin on Turner (1990), and OurVictorian Education (2007). Katy Hooper is Special Collections Librarian at the University of Liverpool Library and Assistant Editor for The Oxford Companion to English Literature 7/e. Previous editions of the Concise Oxford Companion to Literature were edited by Margaret Drabble and JennyStringer.

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