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A Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe (Historical Guides to American Authors) by J. Gerald Kennedy
A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton (Historical Guides to American Authors) by Carol J. Singley
A Historical Guide to Emily Dickinson (Historical Guides to American Authors) by Vivian R. Pollak
A Historical Guide to Ernest Hemingway (Historical Guides to American Authors) by Linda Wagner-Martin
A Historical Guide to F. Scott Fitzgerald (Historical Guides to American Authors) by Kirk Curnutt
A Historical Guide to Henry David Thoreau (Historical Guides to American Authors) by William E. Cain
A Historical Guide to Herman Melville (Historical Guides to American Authors) by Giles Gunn
A Historical Guide to James Baldwin (Historical Guides to American Authors) by Douglas Field
A Historical Guide to James Fenimore Cooper (Historical Guides to American Authors) by Leland S. Person
A Historical Guide to Langston Hughes (Historical Guides to American Authors) by Steven C. Tracy
A Historical Guide to Mark Twain (Historical Guides to American Authors) by Shelley Fisher Fishkin
A Historical Guide to Ralph Ellison (Historical Guides to American Authors) by Steven C. Tracy
A Historical Guide to Ralph Waldo Emerson (Historical Guides to American Authors) by Joel Myerson
A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman (Historical Guides to American Authors) by David S. Reynolds

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Series?!

How do series work?

To create a series or add a work to it, go to a "work" page. The "Common Knowledge" section now includes a "Series" field. Enter the name of the series to add the book to it.

Works can belong to more than one series. In some cases, as with Chronicles of Narnia, disagreements about order necessitate the creation of more than one series.

Tip: If the series has an order, add a number or other descriptor in parenthesis after the series title (eg., "Chronicles of Prydain (book 1)"). By default, it sorts by the number, or alphabetically if there is no number. If you want to force a particular order, use the | character to divide the number and the descriptor. So, "(0|prequel)" sorts by 0 under the label "prequel."

What isn't a series?

Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such (see Wikipedia: Book series). Like many concepts in the book world, "series" is a somewhat fluid and contested notion. A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations, on the part of the author or publisher. For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place. Avoid series that cross authors, unless the authors were or became aware of the series identification (eg., avoid lumping Jane Austen with her continuators).

Also avoid publisher series, unless the publisher has a true monopoly over the "works" in question. So, the Dummies guides are a series of works. But the Loeb Classical Library is a series of editions, not of works.

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