Synopses & Reviews
Substantially enlarged and updated for this new edition, The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English is the definitive guide to the vast and extraordinarily rich heritage of literature written in English. It covers all the major novelists, poets and dramatists - from Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, Austen, Dickens to Conrad and to contemporary writers from all over the English-speaking world - Saul Bellow, Adrienne Rich, Les Murray, Wole Soyinka, and Janet Frame. More than 100 specialist contributors provide detailed biographical and critical articles not only on writers and their works. Substantial coverage is also given to such literary genres as popular fiction, science fiction, detective novels, and childrenâs classics. All literary concepts and movements are described in detail. â¢Over 4,500 alphabetical entries, cross-referenced throughout â¢Includes all literature in English - British, Irish, American, Australian, African, Canadian, New Zealand, Indian and Caribbean â¢Illustrated throughout with over 115 photographs and line drawings
"This edition shows evidence of substantial changes. In the A's alone,there are at least 12 new entries...provides relatively current coverage with a multicultural view. It is recommended for most libraries." Booklist"Overall, the book, which has an attractive format, is a good literary reference for the general reader." American Reference Books Annual"...a comprehensive single-volume examination which should prove a reference standard in any college-level library....A highly recommended, basic reference." Diane C. Donovan, The Midwest Book Review"Coverage of contemporary African, Indian, and Australian literature is particularly commendable." B. Juhl, Choice"The Cambridge Guide is more up to date (The most recent Oxford Companion is the 5th edition of 1985)....A useful ready-reference tool for finding such information as birth and death dates and nationalities of authors, titles and summaries of major works, or definitions of literary terms or genres." Sarah Hayne Fitzsimmons, School Library Journal
The most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of literature in English ever published. It covers all the major writers, worldwide, right up to the present day.
This survey of literature in English covers all the major writers, worldwide, right up to the present day.
This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of literature in English ever published. No other literary guide covers the major writers in English, worldwide, right up to the present day. The Cambridge Guide provides detailed biographical and critical articles not only on writers and their works, but also on the critics, philosophers, historians and biographers who need to be consulted in a literary context. Literary concepts such as structuralism, tragedy, and irony are described, and full explanations are provided for movements from neo-classicism and Romanticism to modernism and post-modernism. â¢Over 4,500 alphabetical entries, cross-referenced throughout â¢Over 100 specialist contributors â¢Illustrated throughout with over 115 photographs and line drawings