The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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The Encyclopedia of American Literature gathers together 350 essays from over 190 leading scholars on the whole of American literature, from European discovery to the present. At the core of the Encyclopedia lie 250 essays on poets, playwrights, essayists, and novelists. Figures such as Whitman, Melville, Faulkner, Frost, and Morrison are discussed in detail with each examined in the context of his or her times, an assessment of the writer's current reputation, a bibliography of major works, and a list of major critical and biographical works about the writer. Fifty entries on major works such as Moby Dick, Song of Myself, Walden, The Great Gatsby, The Waste Land, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Death of a Salesman, and Beloved place the work in its historical context and offer a range of possibilities with regard to critical approach. The Encyclopedia also contains essays on literary movements, periods, and themes, pulling together a broad range of information and making connections between them. Each entry has its own primary and annotated secondary bibliography, and a system of cross-references helps readers locate information with ease. The Encyclopedia of American Literature is an outstanding reference source for students studying authors, or particular pieces of literature; libraries looking for one comprehensive source; and readers interested in American literature, its authors, and its connection with various areas of study.show more

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  • Online resource
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • 0195307720
  • 9780195307726

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These 350 essays on writers and movements from the 1600s to the present illuminate the richness of American literature....Provides a wealth of reliable information about standard bearers of American literature in an easy-on-the-eyes formant for students and general readers. * School Library Journal * ...readily approachable. ...the 350 articles, contributed by scholars and critics, are...well written and researched. ...the range of topics discussed is also commendable. * Library Journal * These 350 essays on writers and movements from the 1600's to the present illuminate the richness of American literature." ...More accessible than the chronological Encyclopedia of American Literature (Facts On File, 2002) and more concise than the "American Writers" literary biography series (Scribners), Oxford provides a wealth of reliable information on standard bearers of American literature in an easy-on-the-eyes format for students and general readers. * School Library Journal * This encyclopedia brings together 350 signed, alphabetically arranged essays on American literature from the colonial period to the present. The majority of well-known American authors in the canon are surveyed here, including favorites such as Faulkner, Frost, Hawthorne, Melville, Salinger, and Whitman....The Oxford encyclopedia set does a wonderful job of covering American literature's core in depth. When compared to other similar sources, Oxford is intrinsically better....The Oxford set is praiseworthy and recommended for most high-school, public, and academic libraries. * Booklist * Clear, accessible, and attentive to recent developments in scholarship and criticism. * College and Research Libraries * ...readily approachable. ...the 350 articles, contributed by scholars and critics, are...well written and researched. ...the range of topics discussed is also commendable. * Library Journal * These 350 essays on writers and movements from the 1600's to the present illuminate the richness of American literature." ...More accessible than the chronological Encyclopedia of American Literature (Facts On File, 2002) and more concise than the "American Writers" literary biography series (Scribners), Oxford provides a wealth of reliable information on standard bearers of American literature in an easy-on-the-eyes format for students and general readers. * School Library Journal * These 350 essays on writers and movements from the 1600s to the present illuminate the richness of American literature....Provides a wealth of reliable information about standard bearers of American literature in an easy-on-the-eyes formant for students and general readers. * School Library Journal *show more

About Jay Parini

Jay Parini is Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College. He is the author of several poems and books including Robert Frost: A Life and House of Days: Poems.show more