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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (1990)

by Margaret Drabble

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When I took a graduate level course on turn-of-the-century English literature, I was an undergrad pursuing a professional writing minor who took the last English night course needed to graduate. This book was my godsend. Truth told, I enjoy literature in translation more than I tend to enjoy literature from the Isles, but this is an excellent reference work even for literature in the broader sense. If you need to understand an allusion, a literary movement, or a style of criticism this book will aid you. Just enough detail is provided, and cross-references put each entry into context well.
  caffron | Jul 17, 2007 |
Based on the fifth edition of "The Oxford Companion to English Literature", this is a reference book for the student or general reader. It focuses on the English literature of the British Isles but there is still coverage of the literature of other countries and of other disciplines which have influenced or have been influenced by literature. More than 5000 entries illuminate the plots of novel and plays; songs and poems; the lives and works of authors, poets, playwrights, essayists, philosophers, and historicans; fictional characters; literary movements; legends; theatres; periodicals. Entries have been updated and there are several new essays on topics such as anachronism, autobiography, foreign influences on English literature, parody and Senecan tragedy.

This indispensable volume offers over 5,000 alphabetically arranged entries on individual novels, plays, songs, poems, novelists, poets, playwrights, essayists, philosophers, historians, fictional characters, literary movements, legends, and much more. This newly revised abridgement also features useful plot summaries and countless biographical articles on authors.

Based on the vastly popular Fifth Edition of The Oxford Companion to English Literature edited by Margaret Drabble and Jenny Stringer, 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. Fully revised and updated with sixty new entries on contemporary writers including Peter Ackroyd, Martin Amis, W. Robertson Davies, P.D. James, Toni Morison, and Jeanette Winterson, this edition also includes new appendices listing the winners of the Nobel, Booker, and Pulitzer prizes. 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.

With generous coverage of literature from around the world, entries on literary movements, critics, and critical theories, updated information on modern authors and works, and several entirely new essays on a number of topics ranging from parody to heroic drama to foreign influences on English literature, this is a book that readers will find indispensable.
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The second concise edition of the Oxford Companion to English Literature, which has now appeared in six full editions (the first in 1932). The last of these, published in 2000, had 1172 pages; this concise version has 726. In these, printed double-column, details are listed of writers and their works, genres, literary movements, prizes, and other related subjects (but not book discussion groups). Alas, there is no index: entries are listed alphabetically. Of the three reading-group favourites for 1999: Captain Corelli's Mandolin receives seven lines in de Bernière's 17-line entry; Frank McCourt and Angela's Ashes get no notice; and Arundhati Roy is mentioned only in a page on Anglo-Indian literature, with The God of small things described only as `written in a highly wrought style'.
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Aaron's Rod, a novel by D. H. *Lawrence, published 1922.
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dystopia: a term coined to convey the opposite of utopia: the dystopian mode, which projects an unpleasant or catastrophic future, is frequently used by science fiction writers.
In "Diana of the Crossways" – novel by George Meredith, 1885, Diana is based on Caroline Norton, whose husband unsuccessfully cited Lord Melbourne in a divorce case, and who was later accused of giving "The Times" information about the repeal of the Corn Laws, gleaned from Sidney Herbert.
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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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"This is an indispensable and compact guide to all aspects of English literature. It provides unrivalled coverage of the lives and works of novelists, poets, and playwrights, as well as characters, plot summaries, literary movements, and criticism. Ideal for students and for anyone interested in literature." "Features: over 5,500 entries, fully revised and updated; covers world fiction, literary theory, historical context, and allusions; new entries include Monica Ali, Dave Eggers, and Philip Pullman, with new highlighted entries on short stories and metre; and new features include a historical timeline charting the development of literature through the ages."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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