A glossary of literary terms/
M.H. Abrams, Geoffrey Galt Harpham.
9th ed.
Boston : Wadsworth Cengage Learning, c2009.
xii, 393 p. 24 cm.
1413033903, 9781413033908
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Boston : Wadsworth Cengage Learning, c2009.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-09:
In its new edition, Abrams's vade mecum has gained 30 pages, a cleaner layout, a larger typeface, several new entries for literary theoretical topics, expanded bibliographies, a note advising the reader to use the index, white space for readers' notes, and a precious embossed cover. A thorough rereading of the text has resulted in tinkering with or substantial revision to all entries. For clarity, concision, and elegance Abrams has few peers and no superiors; plain spoken but not simplistic, his essays on critical methods are the most useful short treatments in the business. With approximately 190 cross-referenced main entries, including 20 in the "Modern Theories" section, and more than 4 times as many index entries, the Glossary is essayistic, like an encyclopedia, rather than enumerative, like a dictionary; ready reference collections will also want, therefore, J.A. Cuddon's A Dictionary of Literary Terms (CH, Jan'78) or C.H. Holman and William Harmon's A Handbook to Literature (5th ed., CH, Mar'87) and will have to complement Abrams with Jeremy Hawthorn's Glossary of Contemporary Literary Theory (CH, Oct'92) for the eclectic, specialized vocabularies of that field. Abrams's is a desert island book, as good for the study and the classroom as it is for the reference desk; everyone in literature should own it. R. H. Kieft; Haverford College
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First published fifty years ago, A GLOSSARY OF LITERARY TERMS remains an essential text for all serious students of literature. Now fully updated to reflect the latest scholarship on recent and rapidly evolving critical theories, the ninth edition contains a complete glossary of essential literary terms presented as a series of engaging essays that explore the terms, place them in context, and suggest related entries and additional reading. This indispensable, authoritative, and highly affordable reference covers terms useful in discussing literature and literary history, theory, and criticism. Perfect as a core text for introductory literary theory or as a supplement to any literature course, this classic work is an invaluable reference that students can continue to use throughout their academic and professional careers.
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