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A Handbook to Literature

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  236 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Entries define, explain, and illustrate terms and concepts from film, theater, printing, linguistics, criticism, theory, and literary history.
Paperback, 7th Edition, 669 pages
Published December 31st 1996 by Prentice Hall (first published 1936)
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Feb 11, 2008 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-crit
Handy dictionary of literary movements and terms. Useful if you feel like toting it around.
Feb 23, 2008 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Puzzled by parataxis? Stymied by the sublime? Unsure of your unreliable narrator? Look no further than this exhaustive literary resource.
Kerry Kenney
Jun 25, 2008 Kerry Kenney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This formed the central core of my liberal arts/educated by the Jesuit educated education.

get that?

This book was my mainstay as a student and English literature major. I have four different editions starting with my father's from his student days in the early 60's at the University of Scranton.
Nada rated it it was amazing
Nov 07, 2008
Nov 28, 2008 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: academic-life
I put this on my Academic Life shelf, but this is such an essential read for anyone who loves literature. I'm so geeky that I used to sit down and read the articles in the Holman Handbook for the sheer joy of reading it. I love this book.
Feb 06, 2009 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the books I was smart enough to keep from college. It's a great resource for literary terminology and definitions.
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Mike Puma
Aug 29, 2010 Mike Puma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lit majors & lit crit readers
Shelves: lit-crit
One to be refered to over and over. It includes more entries than Abrams' A Glossary of Terms, but Abrams' book has longer, and in some ways better, coverage of each entry. I usually go to this volume first, then follow up with Abrams when I want to know more.
Mar 11, 2016 Quinn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in literary theory
While this book is not the sort of book you read cover to cover, for someone who had any kind of formal literary education, it's a godsend.
It's most useful to me reading books about books - Harold Bloom comes to mind - when I come upon a term I don't entirely understand. I love it. It's given a better understanding of a lot of my favorite books and authors.
Ian Bennett
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Mar 14, 2011
Jun 11, 2011 sologdin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Traditional guide through literary & rhetorical terminology. Basically indispensible for literary students. Does not contain much in the way of theory or criticism--that's for other items, such as the Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary & Cultural Criticism.
Michael rated it did not like it
Jul 24, 2011
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Jul 26, 2011 Kate Mcpherson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jul 19, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A MUST-HAVE for any English student, teacher, or professor.
Nancy S
Jan 18, 2013 Nancy S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must-have for literary folks. This is a Very useful tool for literary terms etc., deep and comprehensive entries. I studied with him at UNC Chapel Hill. He literally wrote the book on it with William Harmon, awesome poet also at UNC.
Hannah rated it it was amazing
May 09, 2013
May 22, 2013 Jszh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a handy book that can be read for pleasure. However, the publisher really doesn't need to update it every 3 years to force poor students to buy the new editions. In this 10th edition the editor admitted there was little substantial he could add. In fact, he mentioned his children suggested three new entries - "manga", "coffee table book" and "jumping the shark"- strangely, "jumping the shark" was not even actually added as the other two...Greedy publishers :-(, lousy work. Luck that I have ...more
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very good book...
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