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The Facts On File companion to the British short story /
[edited by] Andrew Maunder.
imprint
New York : Facts On File, 2007.
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xvi, 528 p.
ISBN
081605990X (acid-free paper)
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New York : Facts On File, 2007.
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081605990X (acid-free paper)
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6218895
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
The Facts On File Companion to the British Short Story, a comprehensive reference to short fiction from Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Commonwealth, features some of the most popular writers and works in the high school curriculum. With more than 450 entries, this new A-to-Z guide explores the literary contributions of such writers as Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde, Katherine Mansfield, Martin Amis, and many others.
Coverage includes:
Major short stories and novellas, including Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, James Joyce's The Dead, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Scandal in Bohemia, Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Salman Rushdie's The Prophet's Hair
Writers, including those born within Great Britain and Ireland and those born in British Commonwealth countries who lived in Great Britain or heavily influenced the British short story
Important collections of short stories, including Rudyard Kipling's "Jungle" stories, Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, and Hanif Kureishi's Intimacy
Important concepts and movements in British short fiction, including detective fiction, science fiction, and class.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2007-09-01:
In this Companion, the alphabetically arranged entries are signed by contributors, and range from a few paragraphs to a few pages. The scope is broader than Britain alone; Scotland, Ireland, and Wales are also included. Entries cover individual authors, works (individual stories and collections), places, genres (e.g., detective fiction, science fiction), topics (e.g., WW I, homosexuality), and movements (e.g., decadence, modernism). Author entries include biographical sketches and brief bibliographies, and the entries on works provide plot summaries and information about critical reception. The two appendixes are a glossary of literary criticism terms, and a selected bibliography of critical works and anthologies. The introductory essay provides an overview of the development of this genre in the UK. Overall, this work will prove useful for locating information on individual stories. Its coverage of lesser-known 19th- and 20th-century writers is strong. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers. E. B. Lindsay Washington State University
Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-09-15:
Intended as a companion to The Facts On File Companion to the American Short Story, this guide edited by Maunder (Sch. of Humanities, Univ. of Hertfordshire, UK; Sensationalism and the Sensation Debate: An Anthology) traces themes impacting British short fiction since 1800. Organized alphabetically by story, collection, or novella title (e.g., The Bloody Chamber, Heart of Darkness) and author name (e.g., Oscar Wilde, Katherine Mansfield), each multiparagraph entry is written by one of 220 contributing international scholars. Trenchant plot analyses and critical responses are provided and author careers thoroughly but concisely explored. An extensive literary concept glossary and a further reading list conclude the guide. Vital to illuminating modern and contemporary British short fiction, this is highly recommended for all literary collections, especially scholastic and academic. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Reference & Research Book News, August 2007
Booklist, September 2007
Choice, September 2007
Library Journal, September 2007
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The Facts On File Companion to the British Short Story, a comprehensive reference to short fiction from Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Commonwealth, features some of the most popular writers and works in the high school curriculum. With approximately 450 entries, this new A-to-Z guide explores the literary contributions of such writers as Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde, Katherine Mansfield, Martin Amis, and many others. Coverage includes: *Major short stories and novellas, including Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, James Joyce's "The Dead," Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "A Scandal in Bohemia," Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Salman Rushdie's "The Prophet's Hair" *Writers, including those born within Great Britain and Ireland and those born in British Commonwealth countries who lived in Great Britain or heavily influenced the British short story *Important collections of short stories, including Rudyard Kipling's "Jungle" stories, Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, and Hanif Kureishi's Intimacy *Important concepts and movements in British short fiction, including detective fiction, science fiction, and class.

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