Catalogue


Encyclopedia of American literature /
revised and augmented by Susan Clair Imbarrato from the first edition prepared by Carol Berkin.
edition
Rev. ed.
imprint
New York, N.Y. : Facts On File, c2008.
description
4 v. : ill.
ISBN
9780816064762 (set : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
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imprint
New York, N.Y. : Facts On File, c2008.
isbn
9780816064762 (set : alk. paper)
contents note
Vol. I. Settlement to the new republic 1607-1815 -- Vol. II. The age of Romanticism and realism 1816-1895 -- Vol. III. Into the modern 1896-1945 -- Vol. IV. The contemporary world 1946 to the present.
general note
Vol. 2 revised and augmented by Brett Barney from the first edition prepared by Lisa Paddock; vol. 3 revised and augmented by George Parker Anderson, Judith S. Baughman, Matthew J. Bruccoli from the first edition prepared by Carl Rollyson; vol. 4 revised and augmented by Marshall Boswell from the first edition prepared by Carl Rollyson.
local note
Victoria University Library copy donated by The Friends of Victoria University Library.
catalogue key
6263871
 
Gift to Victoria University Library. Friends of Victoria University Library. 2008/03/07.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
Susan Clair Imbarrato, Carol Berkin, Brett Barney, Lisa Paddock, Matthew J. Bruccoli, George Parker Anderson, Judith S. Baughman, Carl Rollyson, and Marshall BoswellAdvisory Board:Emory Elliott, University of California, Irvine; Wendy Martin, Harvey Mudd Graduate College; Sandra Adell, University of Wisconsin; Matthew J. Bruccoli, University of South Carolina; Richard Layman, Bruccoli Clark Layman Publishers and Manly, Inc.; and Park Bucker, University of South Carolina–SumterPraise for the previous edition:Booklist/RBB Editors' Choice Reference Source, 2002...an excellent source for students...and its chronological arrangement offers a different slant. Recommended...—BooklistThe articles are well-written and provide readers with a clear understanding of the topic. There is an excellent set index and an alphabetical list of entries in each book.—School Library JournalThe writing is clear and direct, and entries are cross-referenced...useful...—Choice
An Extensive Reference That Spans the Entire Scope of American Literature
A thoroughly expanded and revised edition of the award-winning set, Encyclopedia of American Literature, Revised Edition is an extensive reference work that spans the entire scope of American literature, from the colonial period to the present. Now in four chronological volumes, this comprehensive encyclopedia includes entries on writers, works, literary movements, and other topics that high school students and undergraduates are likely to encounter.
Four Volumes and More Than 1,000 New Entries, Illustrations, and Study Guide Sections
This major update boasts one new volume, approximately 1,000 new entries, more than 300 new black-and-white illustrations, more than 100 new study guide sections on major authors, and more. The majority of the new entries are on new writers and on important works of literature, with a particular emphasis on those most read by high school and college students. In addition, existing entries have been expanded and revised to reflect the latest scholarship. Bibliographies have been expanded and updated, and epigraphs have been added to the most important author entries.Regionally and culturally inclusive, entries on writers describe key life events, provide thumbnail descriptions of and critical reactions to their works, and discuss the writer's significance in the literary period. Also included are bibliographies listing key critical and biographical resources, an index for each volume, and a general list of entries for the entire set. A chronology in each volume puts the literature of the period in context.Volume I: Settlement to the New Republic, 1607–1815Explores America’s literary beginnings and the connections between early American history and the nation’s emerging literary tradition—covering the Puritans and their Bay Psalm Book, the Federalists and the United States Constitution, Benjamin Franklin, Phillis Wheatley, and more.Volume II: The Age of Romanticism and Realism, 1816–1895Discusses the writers, works, genres, literary movements, and related historical events of 19th-century America, from the romanticism of Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Ralph Waldo Emerson to the realism of Mark Twain, Henry James, and William Dean Howells.Volume III: Into the Modern, 1896–1945Defines the evolution of a new American sensibility and brings the modern literary world alive, with entries on Frank Norris; Stephen Crane; Booker T. Washington; F. Scott Fitzgerald; Zora Neale Hurston;The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains; Absalom, Absalom!; and The Waste Land.Volume IV: The Contemporary World, 1946 to the PresentExamines the emergence of new writers and voices and describes the evolving movements that encompass today’s literary history—covering Deconstruction, the Beats, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, gay and lesbian literature, New Journalism, science fiction and fantasy, and more.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2008-09-01:
This revised edition of the 2002 Encyclopedia of American Literature (CH, Dec'02, 40-1893) adds some 1,000 new entries, illustrations, study guides for selected authors, and updates to scholarship and entries. Correspondingly, the series has expanded from three volumes to four. However, this series is still shorter than American author series such as Magill's Survey of American Literature (rev. edition, ed. by S. G. Kellman, CH, Apr'07, 44-4194; first edition, ed. by F. N. Magill, CH, May'92, 29-4859). As with the 2002 edition, these volumes are arranged chronologically--hence "Crane, Hart" will be found in volume 3 (1896-1945). This arrangement lends itself to browsing, but it may confuse readers: while they would probably know where to look for Hart Crane, they may be less apt to look in volume 1 (1607-1815) for "Sentimental Novel." However, each volume features a full index in the back. Entries are signed and include lists of primary works and secondary works. Undergraduates are still likely to find this set useful. Summing Up: Recommended. Two- and four-year institutions that do not already have sizable American literature reference collections. J. Stevens George Mason University
Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-05-01:
This four-volume revision of Facts On File's popular three-volume Encyclopedia of American Literature (2002) contains more than 1000 A-to-Z entries covering topics from the Colonial period through 2007. Updates include reworked and expanded bibliographies and chronologies, some 100 study-guide sections on major authors, 300-plus black-and-white illustrations, and author interviews. Written by Imbarrato (English, Minnesota State Univ., Moorhead; Traveling Women: Narrative Visions of Early America) and eight other scholars, the entries cover various writers, literary characters, historical figures, documents, literary movements, genres, and styles and range from half a page to three pages in length. They are organized into the following chronological volumes: "Settlement to the New Republic, 1607-1815," "The Age of Romanticism and Realism, 1816-1895," "Into the Modern, 1896-1945," and "The Contemporary World, 1946 to the Present." Each volume contains an index, and there is also a general list of entries for the entire set. Resources offering similar coverage include the more concise and authoritative Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature (2004), Gale Cengage's forthcoming ebook version of its Contextual Encyclopedia of American Literature (December 2008), and the comprehensive Bloom's Literary Reference Online (Facts On File). BOTTOM LINE This revised edition is an adequate print resource for high school and public libraries, but libraries with sufficient budgets may want to contemplate the aforementioned e-reference options owing to such advantages as printing capability, Boolean searching, remote access, and currency. Libraries familiar with the 2002 edition may want to update their collection with this edition. [Available in print only.]--Bobbie Wrinkle, McCracken Cty. P.L., Paducah, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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School Library Journal, June 2008
Voice of Youth Advocates, June 2008
Booklist, August 2008
Choice, September 2008
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Susan Clair Imbarrato, Carol Berkin, Brett Barney, Lisa Paddock, Matthew J. Bruccoli, George Parker Anderson, Judith S. Baughman, Carl Rollyson, Marshall Boswell, and Park Bucker Advisory Board: Emory Elliott, University of California, Irvine; Wendy Martin, Harvey Mudd Graduate College; Sandra Adell, University of Wisconsin; Matthew J. Bruccoli, University of South Carolina; and Richard Layman, Bruccoli Clark Layman/Manly, Inc. Praise for the previous edition: Booklist/RBB "Editors' Choice Reference Source, 2002" "...an excellent source for students...and its chronological arrangement offers a different slant. Recommended..."--;Booklist "The articles are well-written and provide readers with a clear understanding of the topic. There is an excellent set index and an alphabetical list of entries in each book."--;School Library Journal "The writing is clear and direct, and entries are cross-referenced...useful..."--;Choice A thoroughly expanded and revised edition of the award-winning set, Encyclopedia of American Literature, Revised Edition is an extensive reference work that spans the entire scope of American literature, from the colonial period to the present. Now in four chronological volumes and arranged alphabetically within each volume, this comprehensive encyclopedia includes entries reflecting writers, works, literary movements, and more that high school students and undergraduates are likely to encounter. This major update boasts one new volume, approximately 1,000 new entries, and 300 new black-and-white illustrations. The majority of the new entries are on works of literature, with a particular emphasis on those most read by high school and college students. In addition, existing entries have been expanded and revised to reflect the latest scholarship, and each entry on a major author now contains a special section on how to research that author. Bibliographies have been expanded and updated, and epigraphs have been added to the most important author entries. Regionally and culturally inclusive, entries on writers describe key life events, provide thumbnail descriptions of and critical reactions to their works, and discuss the writer's significance in the literary period. Also included are bibliographies listing key critical and biographical resources, an index for each volume, and a general list of entries for the entire set. A chronology in each volume puts the literature of the period in context. Volume I: Settlement to the New Republic, 1607–1815 Explores America's literary beginnings and the connections between early American history and the nation's emerging literary tradition--;covering the Puritans and their Bay Psalm Book, the Federalists and the United States Constitution, Benjamin Franklin, Phillis Wheatley, and more. Volume II: The Age of Romanticism and Realism, 1816–1895 Discusses the writers, works, genres, literary movements, and related historical events of 19th-century America, from the romanticism of Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Ralph Waldo Emerson to the realism of Mark Twain, Henry James, and William Dean Howells. Volume III: Into the Modern, 1896-1945 Defines the evolution of a new American sensibility and brings the modern literary world alive, with entries on Frank Norris; Stephen Crane; Booker T. Washington; F. Scott Fitzgerald; Zora Neale Hurston;The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains; Absalom, Absalom!; and The Waste Land. Volume IV: The Contemporary World, 1946 to the Present Examines the emergence of new writers and voices and describes the evolving movements that encompass today's literary history--covering New Criticism and Deconstruction, the Beats and Toni Morrison's The B
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A thoroughly expanded and revised edition, this extensive reference spans the entire scope of American literature, from the colonial period to the present. Now in four chronological volumes and arranged alphabetically, this title includes entries reflecting writers, works and literary movements.

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