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Dictionary of modern French literature : from the age of reason through realism /
Sandra W. Dolbow.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, c1986.
description
x, 365 p.
ISBN
0313237840 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, c1986.
isbn
0313237840 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
3563655
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-10:
Although Paul Harvey's Oxford Companion to French Literature (1959) will remain the standard dictionary of French literature, this work, focusing on the 18th and 19th centuries, should be a welcome addition to most reference collections. Even though most of the nearly 300 names, terms, and plot summaries in this volume can also be found in the Oxford Companion, Dolbow, a freelance writer and former French teacher, has added several features that set this work apart. Bibliographies of English language works, many published since 1980, provide a starting point for further research. Appendixes include a chronology of literary works and contemporaneous historical events, and a listing of entries grouped by broad subject or chronological category. The index is useful for locating references that are buried in other entries, especially comparisons with non-French authors. Entries are concise and clearly written. Detailed biographical information helps to provide a context for authors' works. One caveat should be mentioned. This volume includes several see references to the author's companion work, Dictionary of Modern French Literature, from Naturalism and Symbolism to Post-Modernism, which has not yet been published. Highly recommended for all undergraduate, graduate, and public library collections.-J. Smith, University of California, San Diego
Appeared in Library Journal on 1986-10-01:
This work begins its coverage in 1715 with Neoclassicism and concludes in 1880 with the advent of symbolism. (Cross references are made to a forthcoming companion volume that will extend coverage to post-modernism.) Writers dominate the 306 entries, and plot summaries dominate the discussion of major works, which conclude with a critical appraisal. Literary/philosophical movements and terms (e.g., ``Marivaudage'') are also included. Advantages of the Dictionary include its close-up focus on an important period and its emphasis on current (1980-85) references for further reading. A disadvantage is having to purchase the forthcoming companion to complete the ``set.'' Recommended for larger humanities collections and libraries specializing in the field. Charles E. Perry, Central Coll. Lib., Pella, Iowa (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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'œThis work begins its coverage in 1715 with Neoclassicsm and concludes in 1880 with the advent of symbolism. (Cross references are made to a forthcoming companion volume that will extend coverage to post-modernism.) Writers dominate the discussion of major works, which conclude with a critical appraisal. Literary/philosophical movements and terms (e.g., 'Marivaudage') are also included. Advantages of the Dictionary include its close-up focus on an important period and its emphasis on current (1980-85) references for further readings.... Recommended for larger humanities collections and libraries specializing in the field.'' Library Journal
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Booklist, October 1986
Choice, October 1986
Library Journal, October 1986
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"Advantages of the Dictionary include its close-up focus on an important period and its emphasis on current (1980-85) references for further readings. . . . Recommended for larger humanities collections and libraries specializing in the field." Library Journal

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