The New Princeton encyclopedia of poetry and poetics /
Alex Preminger and T.V.F. Brogan, co-editors ; Frank J. Warnke, O.B. Hardison, Jr., and Earl Miner, associate editors.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1993.
xlvi, 1383 p. ; 25 cm.
0691032718 (hardback ed. : acid-free paper) 0691021236 (paperback ed. : acid-free paper)
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1993.
0691032718 (hardback ed. : acid-free paper) 0691021236 (paperback ed. : acid-free paper)
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Rev. ed. of: Princeton encyclopedia of poetry and poetics. c1986.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-09-01:
Larger than both the last edition (1965) and the ``enlarged'' edition that was published in 1974, this new edition of the indispensable Princeton Encyclopedia assesses 106 national poetries, with coverage of ``every significant poetry tradition in the world.'' Gone are such entries as ``Negro poetry. American''; ``Afro-American poetry'' takes its place. Though many entries such as ``sonnet'' are virtually unchanged from the earlier edition, others, such as ``Feminist poetics,'' are brand-new. Some entries, e.g., ``cliche'' and ``compensation,'' have been deleted. This is an essential purchase for any library supporting the study of poetry; the only problem is that the print is tiny and hard to read.-- Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich.
Appeared in Choice on 1993-10:
Certain works are so comprehensive and trustworthy it is difficult to imagine a reference department without them. Since 1965, readers and librarians have turned to the Princeton Encyclopedia for thorough scholarly treatment of the forms, genres, and styles of and critical approaches to practically every variety and period of written or oral verse. Unfortunately, even with the awkward 100-page supplement and update included in the "enlarged edition" of 1975 (CH, Oct'75) the work's authoritativeness has been progressively compromised as its contents age by newer, if less exhaustive, poetry handbooks and dictionaries. With almost all the original entries revised, bibliographies and cross-references significantly expanded, and 162 entirely new entries, this New Princeton Encyclopedia should restore the title to a premier place on the reference shelf. This revision, begun in 1984, aims to "address new topics and approaches," to "survey new work on old topics," and to increase "coverage of emergent and non-Western entries." New articles treat multicultural and international subjects such as "Feminist Poetics" or "Chicano Poetry" as well as drawing together material previously scattered throughout the volume, as in "Love Poetry" and "Hermeneutics." Individual authors are still not covered and, despite the additon of several hundred cross-references, a personal names index would have been helpful in locating the poets and critics covered in topical articles. In all other respects, this volume should delight browsers and scholars alike. A must for all libraries. B. Juhl University of Arkansas
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