Catalogue


The concise Oxford companion to Canadian literature /
edited by William Toye.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press, 2011.
description
ix, 694 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0195428854 (Cloth), 9780195428858 (Cloth)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press, 2011.
isbn
0195428854 (Cloth)
9780195428858 (Cloth)
general note
An abridged ed. of: The Oxford companion to Canadian literature.
catalogue key
7306168
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2002-02-01:
Unhappily, this volume has been published too soon after The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (CH, Nov'98) to justify the additional expense; libraries that own the earlier title need not consider this one, but those lacking the full-dress version will find this a worthy addition. Differences should be noted. This edition is roughly half the size and slightly over half the price. Contrary to the editor's assertion that this volume was shortened chiefly by reducing the number of entries, many entries are appreciably shorter. The lack of new information in entries for major authors is surprising, given that this volume came four years after the first. Individual entries are not signed as they were in the 1997 volume, and although contributors are listed at the front of the volume, no institutional affiliations are given. The type is readable and the binding sound. Recommended for libraries that do not own the 1997 edition. M. M. Bohn University of Nebraska at Omaha
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A masterful achievement from the indefatigable William Toye." --Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC's Writers and Company
"An indispensable guide to all things CanLit." --Globe and Mail
"For breadth, accuracy, and insight, The Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature is still the best quick reference guide to Canadian literature in any medium." --Nino Ricci, award-winning author of The Origin of Species
"Handsome, ... arranged in readable and elegant columns. The prose [is] sharp and effective, crackling with literate enthusiasm. Toye has been working this beat for decades and it may be that in studying, selecting, and analyzing this material he's become more knowledgeable about the breadthof Canadian writing, English and French, than anyone else alive. ... An essential work of reference." --National Post
"The Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature is an indispensable tool and guide for anyone interested in Canadian culture. William Toye has done a superb job of updating entries in the first [concise] edition, which appeared in 2001, and in adding many new entries. ... He is one ofCanada's finest editors, and this always elegant and often eloquent volume, combining necessary information and insightful evaluation, clearly bears the mark of the master editor's hand." --Professor Zailig Pollock, Department of English Literature, Trent University
"William Toye has expertly marshalled and written a rich, hugely informative compendium of knowledge about the astonishing diversity of Canadian writing. No library, public or personal, can afford to be without it." --Roy MacSkimming, author of The Perilous Trade: Book Publishing in Canada, 1946-2006
"A masterful achievement from the indefatigable William Toye."--Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC's Writers & Company"William Toye has expertly marshalled and written a rich, hugely informative compendium of knowledge about the astonishing diversity of Canadian writing. No library, public or personal, can afford to be without it."--Roy MacSkimming, author of The Perilous Trade: Book Publishing in Canada, 1946-2006"For breadth, accuracy, and insight, The Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature is still the best quick reference guide to Canadian literature in any medium."--Nino Ricci, award-winning author of The Origin of Species"The Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature is an indispensable tool and guide for anyone interested in Canadian culture. William Toye has done a superb job of updating entries in the first [concise] edition, which appeared in 2001, and in adding many new entries. ... He is one of Canada's finest editors, and this always elegant and often eloquent volume, combining necessary information and insightful evaluation, clearly bears the mark of themaster editor's hand."--Professor Zailig Pollock, Department of English Literature, Trent University"Handsome, ... arranged in readable and elegant columns. The prose [is] sharp and effective, crackling with literate enthusiasm. Toye has been working this beat for decades and it may be that in studying, selecting, and analyzing this material he's become more knowledgeable about the breadth of Canadian writing, English and French, than anyone else alive. ... An essential work of reference."--National Post"An indispensable guide to all things CanLit."--Globe and Mail
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Summaries
Main Description
Based on the critically acclaimed Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, this second concise edition has been fully updated by editor William Toye. The revised entries include books published up to 2010, in addition to 42 new entries that discuss such notable figures as Joseph Boyden, Yann Martel, Miriam Toews, Michael Crummey, and Lisa Moore. With over 1,00 entries, this indispensible reference book covers major writers, significant works, awards, genre surveys, and other aspects of the Canadian literary scene, past and present. Toye discusses recent publications from a critical perspective, offering insight and meaning to the literary works that shape our national literature. Toye's Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (1997), upon which the concise edition is based, was lauded as a landmark publication, was a Globe and Mail bestseller, and selected as a Quill and Quire book of the year. The first concise version retained all significant entries (in addition to 60 new entries), omitting entries on regional and genre surveys, as well as francophone writers not published in English. The second edition of The Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature remains an indispensible supplement to its distinguished predecessors.
Main Description
Based on the critically acclaimed Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, this second concise edition has been fully updated by editor William Toye. The revised entries include books published up to 2010, in addition to 42 new entries that discuss such notable figures as Joseph Boyden, YannMartel, Miriam Toews, Michael Crummey, and Lisa Moore. With over 1,00 entries, this indispensible reference book covers major writers, significant works, awards, genre surveys, and other aspects of the Canadian literary scene, past and present. Toye discusses recent publications from a critical perspective, offering insight and meaning to the literaryworks that shape our national literature.Toye's Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (1997), upon which the concise edition is based, was lauded as a landmark publication, was a Globe and Mail bestseller, and selected as a Quill and Quire book of the year. The first concise version retained all significant entries (in addition to 60 newentries), omitting entries on regional and genre surveys, as well as francophone writers not published in English. The second edition of The Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature remains an indispensible supplement to its distinguished predecessors.
Main Description
Based on the critically acclaimed Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, this second concise edition has been fully updated by editor William Toye. The revised entries include books published up to 2010, in addition to 42 new entries that discuss such notable figures as Joseph Boyden, YannMartel, Miriam Toews, Michael Crummey, and Lisa Moore. With over 900 entries, this indispensible reference book covers major writers, significant works, awards, genre surveys, and other aspects of the Canadian literary scene, past and present. Toye discusses recent publications from a critical perspective, offering insight and meaning to the literaryworks that shape our national literature.Toye's Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (1997), upon which the concise edition is based, was lauded as a landmark publication, was a Globe and Mail bestseller, and selected as a Quill and Quire book of the year. The first concise version retained all significant entries (in addition to 60 newentries), omitting entries on regional and genre surveys, as well as francophone writers not published in English. The second edition of The Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature remains an indispensible supplement to its distinguished predecessors.
Main Description
Based on the critically acclaimedOxford Companion to Canadian Literature, this second concise edition has been fully updated by editor William Toye. The revised entries include books published up to 2010, in addition to 42 new entries that discuss such notable figures as Joseph Boyden, Yann Martel, Miriam Toews, Michael Crummey, and Lisa Moore. With over 900 entries, this indispensible reference book covers major writers, significant works, awards, genre surveys, and other aspects of the Canadian literary scene, past and present. Toye discusses recent publications from a critical perspective, offering insight and meaning to the literary works that shape our national literature. Toye'sOxford Companion to Canadian Literature(1997), upon which the concise edition is based, was lauded as a landmark publication, was aGlobe and Mailbestseller, and selected as aQuill & Quirebook of the year. The first concise version retained all significant entries (in addition to 60 new entries), omitting entries on regional and genre surveys, as well as francophone writers not published in English. The second edition ofThe Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literatureremains an indispensible supplement to its distinguished predecessors.

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