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Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia: Fourth Edition (Benet's Reader's… (original 1948; edition 1996)

by Bruce Murphy (Editor)

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Long recognized as the outstanding reference on world literature, Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia is the one against which all others are measured, and is the single-most complete one-volume encyclopedia available for those with a serious interest in the subject. The entries explore all aspects of literature from around the world: biographies of poets and playwrights, novelists and belle trists; plot synopses and character sketches from important works; historical data on literary schools, movements, terms and awards; myths and legends; and more. Completely revised and updated, this fourth edition captures the diversity of today's canon, with greater attention to African-American, Eastern, Middle Eastern, African, South American, Eastern European and women's literature. For nearly 50 years, this unique single-volume encyclopedia of world literature has been hailed as the best available. Here are over 10,000 informative entries, covering everything a reader could wish to know: Biographies of poets, playwrights, novelists, essayists and belle trists from around the world and through the ages, from Aristophanes to Toni Morrison, from Chuang Tzu to Juan Rulfo. Plot summaries of important literary works, ranging from Beowulf to Wuthering Heights to Things Fall Apart. Sketches of principal characters from literature, from Salome to Leopold Bloom. Myth, legend and folklore, covering everything from Isis to the Midgard Serpentto to the paladins. Biographies of artists, musicians, philosophers and other historical personages ranging from Roman emperors to U.S. presidents who figure prominently in literature. Accounts of significant schools and movements in literature, such as the Bloomsbury Group and the Beat writers. Original titles, as well as the most familiar English titles, for works in languages other than English. Recipients of major literary awards, including Pulitzer and Nobel prize winners. And more... For nearly 50 years, William Rose Benet and the editors who succeeded him have upheld the level of quality that distinguished the original Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia. Like its predecessors, this new edition will teach and delight, illuminate and expound, and enrich the pleasure of reading in countless ways.… (more)
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Title:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia: Fourth Edition (Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia)
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Info:Collins (1996), Edition: 4 Sub, Hardcover, 1168 pages
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The Reader’s Encyclopedia by William Rose Benét (Editor) (1948)

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Keep your older editions -- they're good, too! ( )
  jensenmk82 | Aug 1, 2016 |
Invaluable reference tome for Literature over many decades: Even more of a must now google-wikipedia-yahoo etc. offer so many varieties of alleged factual knowledge and provenance. ( )
  tommi180744 | Mar 25, 2016 |
-pre-googling, it helped me with more crosswords than any other book
-an addictive book, every entry pulls me into others
-later editions are better for women and world lit ( )
  mykl-s | Aug 28, 2013 |
Incredibly handy reference work, containing biographical information for major writers, definitions of literary terms, entries for characters, literary movements and genres, historical figures who are featured in major works of literature, mythology, and more. Every edition contains slightly different information, as new writers and styles are added and older, now unfashionable ones are dropped, so it's optimal to get a copy of each. I only have the third edition now, after downsizing my library. I have found it incredibly useful over the years. ( )
  paperloverevolution | Mar 30, 2013 |
Later editions are inadequate substitutes for earlier editions, which tend to be superior in substance and form. ( )
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Benét, William RoseEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gerwig, HenriettaContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hendry, IreneContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, Thomas C.Portfolio illustrations editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Murphy, Bruce F.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Siepmann, Katherine BakerEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Snyder, Robert H., Jr.Text illustrations editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Long recognized as the outstanding reference on world literature, Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia is the one against which all others are measured, and is the single-most complete one-volume encyclopedia available for those with a serious interest in the subject. The entries explore all aspects of literature from around the world: biographies of poets and playwrights, novelists and belle trists; plot synopses and character sketches from important works; historical data on literary schools, movements, terms and awards; myths and legends; and more. Completely revised and updated, this fourth edition captures the diversity of today's canon, with greater attention to African-American, Eastern, Middle Eastern, African, South American, Eastern European and women's literature. For nearly 50 years, this unique single-volume encyclopedia of world literature has been hailed as the best available. Here are over 10,000 informative entries, covering everything a reader could wish to know: Biographies of poets, playwrights, novelists, essayists and belle trists from around the world and through the ages, from Aristophanes to Toni Morrison, from Chuang Tzu to Juan Rulfo. Plot summaries of important literary works, ranging from Beowulf to Wuthering Heights to Things Fall Apart. Sketches of principal characters from literature, from Salome to Leopold Bloom. Myth, legend and folklore, covering everything from Isis to the Midgard Serpentto to the paladins. Biographies of artists, musicians, philosophers and other historical personages ranging from Roman emperors to U.S. presidents who figure prominently in literature. Accounts of significant schools and movements in literature, such as the Bloomsbury Group and the Beat writers. Original titles, as well as the most familiar English titles, for works in languages other than English. Recipients of major literary awards, including Pulitzer and Nobel prize winners. And more... For nearly 50 years, William Rose Benet and the editors who succeeded him have upheld the level of quality that distinguished the original Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia. Like its predecessors, this new edition will teach and delight, illuminate and expound, and enrich the pleasure of reading in countless ways.

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