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Reader's guide to literature in English /
editor, Mark Hawkins-Dady.
imprint
London ; Chicago : Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1996.
description
xxxix, 970 p. ; 29 cm.
ISBN
1884964206
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Book
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imprint
London ; Chicago : Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1996.
isbn
1884964206
general note
Includes indexes.
catalogue key
1844288
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1996-12-01:
The title of this guide should have been "Readers Guide to the Criticism of Literature in English." Its aim is to "provide informed description and evaluation of the critical writing on a range of topics and writers in the literature of the British isles, the United States, and the other major English-speaking traditions of the world." Its more than 600 entries survey critical opinion on a broad range of authors, genres, periods, and topics. Entries were chosen because there was strong current interest and because a substantial body of criticism exists concerning them. Entries are arranged alphabetically and consist of a list of critical works followed by discussion of them. Indexes are provided by theme and writer and there is a list of critical works discussed. Few contributors are prominent scholars; most are junior British academics, and the choice of entries reflects a British perspective ("Georgian Poetry," "The Movement," "The Thirties Generation"). The quality of the scholarship, however, is high, and the sampling of critical opinion in most entries represents a diversity of approaches and major texts on each topic. This guide is recommended for its high quality and because no comparable one-volume guide to criticism of all literatures in English currently exists. The one-volume Cambridge Guide to Literature in English, ed. by Ian Ousby (rev. ed., CH, Jul'94), covers all English-speaking countries but like the Oxford "Companions" provides factual information rather than surveys of critical opinion. General and academic readers. E. J. Carpenter Oberlin College
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Summaries
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Reader's Guides are not encyclopedias or dictionaries; they are guides to reading in particular subjects. Their aim is to evaluate the secondary material in a broad area of study by means of comparative essays on hundreds of specific topics. Reader's Guide to Literature in English provides expert guidance to, and critical analysis of, the vast number of books available within the subject of English literature, from Anglo-Saxon times to the current American, British, and Commonwealth scene. It is designed to help students, teachers and librarians choose the most appropriate books for research and study.Each entry in the Reader's Guide to Literature in English identifies a particular subject -- for example, Charles Dickens -- then lists those books generally considered to be the most important on that subject, followed by an essay of analysis and evaluation. These essays -- more than 600 in all, written by 300 scholars and critics of English literature -- provide the reader with advice on the quality, emphasis, range and depth of coverage, and point of view, of each book listed.This survey of secondary sources in English literature is now widely regarded as the most authoritative text in its field, indispensable in academic, public, and high school libraries.
Unpaid Annotation
With 600-plus entries, this provides the student, teacher, researcher and librarian with surveys of the critical literature about the major writers and movements, genres and idioms, literary theories, historical eras and regional traditions.
Main Description
Reader's Guide Literature in English provides expert guidance to, and critical analysis of, the vast number of books available within the subject of English literature, from Anglo-Saxon times to the current American, British and Commonwealth scene. It is designed to help students, teachers and librarians choose the most appropriate books for research and study.
Main Description
Reader's Guidesare not encyclopedias or dictionaries; they are guides to reading in particular subject. Their aim is to evaluate the secondary material in a broad area of study by means of comparative essays on hundreds of specific topics.Reader's Guide Literaturein EnglishN provides expert guidance to, and critical analysis of, the vast number of books available within the subject of English literature, from Anglo-Saxon times to the current American, British and Commonwealth scene. It is designed to help students, teachers and librarians choosethe most appropriate books for research and study. Each entry in the Reader's Guide to Literature in Englishidentifies a particular subject--for example, Charles Dickens- then lists those books generally considered to be the most important on that subject, followed by an essay--more than 600 in all, written by 300 scholars and critics of English literature--provide the reader with advice on the quality, emphasis, range and depth ofcoverage, and point of view, of each book listed. This survey of secondary sources in English literature is now widely regarded as the most authoritative text in its field, indispensable in academic, public, and high school libraries.
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Reader's Guide Literature in Englishprovides expert guidance to, and critical analysis of, the vast number of books available within the subject of English literature, from Anglo-Saxon times to the current American, British and Commonwealth scene. It is designed to help students, teachers and librarians choose the most appropriate books for research and study.

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