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A Glossary of Literary Terms

by M. H. Abrams

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First published over fifty years ago, A GLOSSARY OF LITERARY TERMS remains an essential resource for all serious students of literature. Now fully updated to reflect the latest scholarship on recent and rapidly evolving critical theories, the new contains a complete glossary of essential literary terms presented as a series of engaging, beautifully crafted, essays that explore the terms, place them in context, and suggest related entries and additional reading. This indispensable, authoritative, and highly affordable reference covers terms useful in discussing literature and literary history, theory, and criticism. Perfect as a core text for introductory literary theory or as a supplement to any literature course, this classic work is an invaluable reference that you can use throughout your academic and professional careers.… (more)

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Although entries are far from exhaustive, they are always illuminating, and the bibliographical indications are always valuable. This is a book that students of literature are wise to keep at hand. ( )
  jensenmk82 | Aug 1, 2016 |
(The book I have appears to be a 1988 edition, maybe 3rd)
Still, for me, the best book of its kind. Ample coverage of criticism, enough poetics to enhance anyone's learning curve, and very well indexed. Erudite and clear, nuff' said! ( )
  Bat | Oct 15, 2007 |
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This book defines and discusses terms, concepts, and points of view that are commonly and profitably used in the history, analysis, interpretation, and criticism of works of literature.
Absurd, Literature of the. The name is applied to a number of works in drama and prose fiction which have in common the sense that the human condition is essentially and ineradicably absurd, and that this condition can be adequately represented only in works of literature that are themselves absurd.
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First published over fifty years ago, A GLOSSARY OF LITERARY TERMS remains an essential resource for all serious students of literature. Now fully updated to reflect the latest scholarship on recent and rapidly evolving critical theories, the new contains a complete glossary of essential literary terms presented as a series of engaging, beautifully crafted, essays that explore the terms, place them in context, and suggest related entries and additional reading. This indispensable, authoritative, and highly affordable reference covers terms useful in discussing literature and literary history, theory, and criticism. Perfect as a core text for introductory literary theory or as a supplement to any literature course, this classic work is an invaluable reference that you can use throughout your academic and professional careers.

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