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The Oxford companion to twentieth-century literature in English /
edited by Jenny Stringer ; with an introduction by John Sutherland.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
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xxi, 751 p.
ISBN
0192122711
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
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0192122711
catalogue key
610977
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1997-04-01:
Stringer's compilation follows the established format of Oxford companions--short entries devoted mostly to biographies but including works, genres, critical terms, periodicals (a particular strength of the volume), and literary groups. Yet it is forced to deal with issues of scope that stretch the neat compartmentalization that is the series hallmark. Geographically, it includes all areas of the Anglophone world, with roughly a third devoted to Britain, a third to the US, and a third to the rest. This definition leads to uncomfortable decisions--Vladimir Nabokov is in, but not Czeslaw Milosz. Conceptually, the book includes not only writers of fiction and poetry (including authors of genre fiction and bestsellers) but also historians, philosophers, critics, and others in related fields. Chronologically, it includes those who wrote in the 20th century (including many living authors) but omits individual entries for their 19th-century works. The biographies are all appropriately concise, including not only facts, enumerations of major works, and achievements, but pithy critical commentary. There is some overlap with other sources, but this is wide-ranging enough to be of particular value to academic readers, upper-division undergraduate through faculty. W. S. Brockman University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Reviews
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'a display of riches ... The miracle is, since this volume extends its explorations across the seven seas and both sides of the Atlantic, what a treasure house has been assembled and displayed with such glittering clarity.'Michael Foot, Evening Standard
'a display of riches ... The miracle is, since this volume extends itsexplorations across the seven seas and both sides of the Atlantic, what atreasure house has been assembled and displayed with such glittering clarity.'Michael Foot, Evening Standard
'a unique reference book on English-language writers and writing throughout the present century ... it is the most comprehensive single-volume guide to modern (and postmodern) literature yet to be published'Books Magazine
'a unique reference book on English-language writers and writingthroughout the present century ... it is the most comprehensive single-volumeguide to modern (and postmodern) literature yet to be published'Books Magazine
'The entries are exhaustive, and well presented. A valuable reference ... or those who enjoy twentieth century literature, and cetainly significant historically, if only to help future ages identify just what the late twentieth century thought important in the literary world.'Sean A. Finnegan, Contemporary Review
'The entries are exhaustive, and well presented. A valuable reference ...or those who enjoy twentieth century literature, and cetainly significanthistorically, if only to help future ages identify just what the late twentiethcentury thought important in the literary world.'Sean A. Finnegan, Contemporary Review
'There is plenty of information to be discovered here, conveniently and relatively cheaply assembled.'Times Literary Supplement
'There is plenty of information to be discovered here, conveniently andrelatively cheaply assembled.'Times Literary Supplement
'This is what the Editor's foreword says about the book: 'The Companion is essentially a collaborative work, a series of mini-biographies and essays combining the imaginative insights and scholarship of a dedicated group of co-authors.' Well, that says it all, really. It's hard to know quitehow to review a book like this. I can say that in reading this, you will almost certainly find what you seek, and waste an hour or more looking at fascinating irrelevancies. The entries are exhaustive, and well presented. A valuable reference, certainly, for those who enjoy twentieth centuryliterature, and certainly significant historically, if only to help future ages identify just what the late twentieth century thought important in the literary world.'Sean A. Finnegan, Contemporary Review, No. 1573 (Vol. 270), February 1997
'This is what the Editor's foreword says about the book: 'The Companion isessentially a collaborative work, a series of mini-biographies and essayscombining the imaginative insights and scholarship of a dedicated group ofco-authors.' Well, that says it all, really. It's hard to know quite how toreview a book like this. I can say that in reading this, you will almostcertainly find what you seek, and waste an hour or more looking at fascinatingirrelevancies. The entries are exhaustive, and well presented. A valuablereference, certainly, for those who enjoy twentieth century literature, andcertainly significant historically, if only to help future ages identify justwhat the late twentieth century thought important in the literary world.'Sean A. Finnegan, Contemporary Review, No. 1573 (Vol. 270), February 1997
'vigorously comprehensive work'Ian Hamilton, The Sunday Telegraph
'There is plenty of information to be discovered here, conveniently and relatively cheaply assembled.'Times Literary Supplement'vigorously comprehensive work'Ian Hamilton, The Sunday Telegraph'a display of riches ... The miracle is, since this volume extends its explorations across the seven seas and both sides of the Atlantic, what a treasure house has been assembled and displayed with such glittering clarity.'Michael Foot, Evening Standard'a unique reference book on English-language writers and writing throughout the present century ... it is the most comprehensive single-volume guide to modern (and postmodern) literature yet to be published'Books Magazine'The entries are exhaustive, and well presented. A valuable reference ... or those who enjoy twentieth century literature, and cetainly significant historically, if only to help future ages identify just what the late twentieth century thought important in the literary world.'Seán A. Finnegan, Contemporary Review'This is what the Editor's foreword says about the book: 'The Companion is essentially a collaborative work, a series of mini-biographies and essays combining the imaginative insights and scholarship of a dedicated group of co-authors.' Well, that says it all, really. It's hard to know quite how to review a book like this. I can say that in reading this, you will almost certainly find what you seek, and waste an hour or more looking at fascinatingirrelevancies. The entries are exhaustive, and well presented. A valuable reference, certainly, for those who enjoy twentieth century literature, and certainly significant historically, if only to help future ages identify just what the late twentieth century thought important in the literary world.'Seán A. Finnegan, Contemporary Review, No. 1573 (Vol. 270), February 1997
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Summaries
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In one volume, this book gives a wide-ranging, in-depth coverage on 20th century world literature written in the English language. It contains not just fiction, but plays and poetry, and a range of non-fiction writing on literary movements.
Long Description
Oxford Companions are known for their authority, comprehensiveness, and browsability--"the best reference books in the language," according to Harper's. Perhaps the most well-known Companion of all has been The Oxford Companion to English Literature, now in its revised fifth edition. But the literary canon isn't static, and modern literature in all of its richness demands a more comprehensive Companion to cover the wealth of contemporary writing crafted in our language: The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English. This unique new reference book to English-language writers and writing throughout the present century, in all major genres and from all around the world, covers the gamut from Joseph Conrad to Will Self, Virginia Woolf to David Mamet, Ezra Pound to Peter Carey, and James Joyce to Amy Tan. The survivors of the Victorian age featured in The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English--writers such as Thomas Hardy, Olive Schreiner, Rabindranath Tagore, and Henry James--could hardly have imagined how richly diverse "Literature in English" would become by the end of the century. Fiction, plays, poetry, and a whole range of non-fictional writing are celebrated in this informative, readable, and catholic reference book, which includes entries on literary movements, periodicals, and over 400 individual works, as well as articles on some 2,300 authors. All the great literary figures are included, whether American or Australian, British, Irish, or Indian, African or Canadian or Caribbean--among them Samuel Beckett, Edith Wharton, Patrick White, T. S. Eliot, Derek Walcott, D. H. Lawrence, Tennessee Williams, Vladimir Nabokov, Wole Soyinka, Sylvia Plath--as well as a wealth of less obviously canonical writers, from Anais Nin to L. M. Montgomery, Bob Dylan to Terry Pratchett. The book comes right up to date with contemporary figures such as Toni Morrison, Ben Okri, Salman Rushdie, Carol Shields, Tim Winton, Nadine Gordimer, Vikram Seth, Don Delillo, and many others. Title entries range from Aaron's Rod to The Zoo Story; topics from Angry Young Men, Bestsellers, and Concrete Poetry to Soap Opera, Vietnam Writing, and Westerns. A lively introduction by John Sutherland highlights the various and sometimes contradictory canons that have emerged over the century, and the increasingly international sources of writing in English which the Companion records. Catering for all literary tastes, this is the most comprehensive single-volume guide to modern (and postmodern) literature.
Long Description
This is a unique new reference book to English-language writers and writing throughout the present century, in all major genres and from all around the world - from Joseph Conrad to Will Self, Virginia Woolf to David Mamet, Ezra Pound to Peter Carey, James Joyce to Amy Tan. The survivors of the Victorian age who feature in The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English - writers such as Thomas Hardy, Olive Schreiner, Rabindranath Tagore, Henry James - could hardly have imagined how richly diverse 'Literature in English' would become by the end of the century. Fiction, plays, poetry, and a whole range of non-fictional writing are celebrated in this informative, readable, and catholic reference book, which includes entries on literary movements, periodicals, and over 400 individual works, as well as articles on some 2,400 authors. All the great literary figures are included, whether American or Australian, British, Irish, or Indian, African or Canadian or Caribbean - among them Samuel Beckett, Edith Wharton, Patrick White, T. S. Eliot, Derek Walcott, D. H. Lawrence, Tennessee Williams, Vladimir Nabokov, Wole Soyinka, Sylvia Plath - as well as a wealth of less obviously canonical writers, from Anaïs Nin to L. M. Montgomery, Bob Dylan to Terry Pratchett. The book comes right up to date with contemporary figures such as Toni Morrison, Ben Okri, Salman Rushdie, Carol Shields, Tim Winton, Nadine Gordimer, Vikram Seth, Don Delillo, and many others. Title entries range from Aaron's Rod to The Zoo Story; topics from Angry Young Men, Bestsellers, and Concrete Poetry to Soap Opera, Vietnam Writing, and Westerns. A lively introduction by John Sutherland highlights the various and sometimes contradictory canons that have emerged over the century, and the increasingly international sources of writing in English which the Companion records. Catering for all literary tastes, this is the most comprehensive single-volume guide to modern (and postmodern) literature.
Main Description
Oxford Companions are known for their authority, comprehensiveness, and browsability--"the best reference books in the language," according to Harper's . Perhaps the most well-known Companion of all has been The Oxford Companion to English Literature , now in its revised fifth edition. But the literary canon isn't static, and modern literature in all of its richness demands a more comprehensive Companion to cover the wealth of contemporary writing crafted in our language: The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English. This unique new reference book to English-language writers and writing throughout the present century, in all major genres and from all around the world, covers the gamut from Joseph Conrad to Will Self, Virginia Woolf to David Mamet, Ezra Pound to Peter Carey, and James Joyce to Amy Tan. The survivors of the Victorian age featured in The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English --writers such as Thomas Hardy, Olive Schreiner, Rabindranath Tagore, and Henry James--could hardly have imagined how richly diverse "Literature in English" would become by the end of the century. Fiction, plays, poetry, and a whole range of non-fictional writing are celebrated in this informative, readable, and catholic reference book, which includes entries on literary movements, periodicals, and over 400 individual works, as well as articles on some 2,300 authors. All the great literary figures are included, whether American or Australian, British, Irish, or Indian, African or Canadian or Caribbean--among them Samuel Beckett, Edith Wharton, Patrick White, T. S. Eliot, Derek Walcott, D. H. Lawrence, Tennessee Williams, Vladimir Nabokov, Wole Soyinka, Sylvia Plath--as well as a wealth of less obviously canonical writers, from Anaïs Nin to L. M. Montgomery, Bob Dylan to Terry Pratchett. The book comes right up to date with contemporary figures such as Toni Morrison, Ben Okri, Salman Rushdie, Carol Shields, Tim Winton, Nadine Gordimer, Vikram Seth, Don Delillo, and many others. Title entries range from Aaron's Rod to The Zoo Story ; topics from Angry Young Men, Bestsellers, and Concrete Poetry to Soap Opera, Vietnam Writing, and Westerns. A lively introduction by John Sutherland highlights the various and sometimes contradictory canons that have emerged over the century, and the increasingly international sources of writing in English which the Companion records. Catering for all literary tastes, this is the most comprehensive single-volume guide to modern (and postmodern) literature.
Main Description
This is a unique new reference book to English-language writers and writing throughout the present century, in all major genres and from all around the world - from Joseph Conrad to Will Self, Virginia Woolf to David Mamet, Ezra Pound to Peter Carey, James Joyce to Amy Tan. The survivors of the Victorian age who feature in The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English - writers such as Thomas Hardy, Olive Schreiner, Rabindranath Tagore, Henry James - could hardly have imagined how richly diverse 'Literature in English' would become by the end of thecentury. Fiction, plays, poetry, and a whole range of non-fictional writing are celebrated in this informative, readable, and catholic reference book, which includes entries on literary movements, periodicals, and over 400 individual works, as well as articles on some 2,400 authors. All the great literary figures are included, whether American or Australian, British, Irish, or Indian, African or Canadian or Caribbean - among them Samuel Beckett, Edith Wharton, Patrick White, T. S. Eliot, Derek Walcott, D. H. Lawrence, Tennessee Williams, Vladimir Nabokov, Wole Soyinka, SylviaPlath - as well as a wealth of less obviously canonical writers, from Anais Nin to L. M. Montgomery, Bob Dylan to Terry Pratchett. The book comes right up to date with contemporary figures such as Toni Morrison, Ben Okri, Salman Rushdie, Carol Shields, Tim Winton, Nadine Gordimer, Vikram Seth, DonDelillo, and many others. Title entries range from Aaron's Rod to The Zoo Story; topics from Angry Young Men, Bestsellers, and Concrete Poetry to Soap Opera, Vietnam Writing, and Westerns. A lively introduction by John Sutherland highlights the various and sometimes contradictory canons that have emerged over the century, and the increasingly international sources of writing in English which the Companion records. Catering for all literary tastes, this is the most comprehensivesingle-volume guide to modern (and postmodern) literature.

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