The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (Oxford Paperback Reference)

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9780192826671: The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (Oxford Paperback Reference)

Based on the vastly popular Fifth Edition of The Oxford Companion to English Literature edited by Margaret Drabble, this indispensable volume offers over five thousand alphabetically arranged entries on individual novels, plays, songs, poems, novelists, poets, playwrights, essayists, philosophers, historians, fictional characters, literary movements, legends, and much more.
Like its parent volume, this abridgement features useful plot summaries, separate entries on important fictional characters, and countless biographical articles on authors and other influential figures in the world of letters, all presented with the same lightness of touch that has made the original work such a pleasure to read. It covers topics once regarded as non-literary--detective stories, science fiction, children's stories, and comic strips among them--as well as important movements and critical theories, including the latest developments in Freudian and Marxist criticism.
For this abridgement, the editors have eliminated the most peripheral entries from the parent volume and have condensed many of the remaining articles, while retaining the clear and graceful style that characterized the original. They have also updated information on modern authors and works and have added several entirely new essays on a number of topics such as parody, anachronism, autobiography, heroic drama, and foreign influences on English literature.

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About the Author :


About the Editors:
Margaret Drabble is one of modern Britain's most distinguished novelists. Her books include The Middle Ground, The Realms of Gold, The Ice Age, A Writer's Britain, and the recently published A Natural Curiosity.
Jenny Stringer, an assistant editor of the Fifth Edition of The Oxford Companion to English Literature, has since contributed to and edited several other reference works.

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`Review from previous edition It is a fascinating, compact and readable reference work.'
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`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 wich found
themselves unable to purchase the full edition.'
Library Review

`accessible, readable'
Mail on Sunday

`If you are at all interested in literature, then this is your essential reference book'
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REVIEWS of the Parent Hardback
'It's the best' Times Higher Education Supplement
'A book one turns to with constant pleasure' Times Literary Supplement
'Indispensable' The Economist

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