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A Handbook to Literature

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Entries define, explain, and illustrate terms and concepts from film, theater, printing, linguistics, criticism, theory, and literary history.
Paperback, 669 pages
Published December 31st 1996 by Prentice Hall (first published 1936)
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Mike Puma
Aug 29, 2010 Mike Puma rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
sologdin
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.
Susan
A MUST-HAVE for any English student, teacher, or professor.
Jszh
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
Quinn
Dec 13, 2013 Quinn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Scott
Puzzled by parataxis? Stymied by the sublime? Unsure of your unreliable narrator? Look no further than this exhaustive literary resource.
David
This was one of the books I was smart enough to keep from college. It's a great resource for literary terminology and definitions.
James
Handy dictionary of literary movements and terms. Useful if you feel like toting it around.
Stevie
only snipets, but provided good jumping-off point and reminders for writing or research
Cameron
A helpful tool for the aspiring autodidact or bibliophile.
Ronald
A nice introduction to literature.
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