The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

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For nearly half a century, James D. Hart's Oxford Companion to American Literature has offered a matchless guided tour through American literary culture, both past and present. Hart now presents the first abridgement of the Companion in a paperback edition, making the entries of the greatest general interest from the original volume available to a much wider audience. Compact and affordable, The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature contains over 2,000 entries, including brief biographies of important authors, plot summaries of individual works, descriptions of important literary movements, and a wealth of information on other aspects of American literary life and history from the Colonial period to the modern era. It devotes approximately 325 of the biographical entries to contemporary writers, introducing such newcomers to the Companion as William Kennedy, Grace Paley, and Raymond Carver. The more specialized and esoteric entries from the original have been omitted. Like its predecessor, The Concise Oxford Companion contains a thorough system of cross references to guide the reader to related information on a given topic, as well as a chronological Index outlining significant events in the literary and social history of the United more

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 155.2 x 234.7 x 23.6mm | 761.4g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195047710
  • 9780195047714
  • 1,474,117

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an abridged version of James Hart's superb Companion to American Literature ... Even so, this abridgment contains some 2000 entries and will give you everything ... you need to know about American literature. This book is a joy. Lucid, informative, and almost up-to-the-minute. * Weekend Australian * Guided tour through American literary culture with marvellous width of vision, from ballad to burlesque, Poe to Pound, dime novel to detective fiction, and all the other ways American writers have enriched us. * The Times * It is a model of its kind and must direct many readers to books and authors they may have missed. This book should be in every home reference library. Try it ... * Irish Press * James D. Hart continues to display his phenomenal industry and immense range ... indispensable, provocative, and delightful to read. * Contemporary Review *show more

About James D. Hart

James D. Hart, Professor of American Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, is Director of the Bancroft Library and author of The Popular Book and A Companion to more

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