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The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
Length:
1.51 million words
Illustration(s):
44
Through three editions over more than four decades, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics has built an unrivaled reputation as the most comprehensive and authoritative reference ... More
Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon

Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Philosophy, Literature, Literary reference works
Length:
1.29 million words
Illustration(s):
3
This is an encyclopedic dictionary covering hundreds of important philosophical, literary, and political terms and concepts that defy easy--or any--translation from one language and ... More
A Dictionary of Chinese Literature

A Dictionary of Chinese Literature   Quick reference

Over 240 entries From the Shi jing (Classic of Songs) of the eleventh century bc, to the to the wanglu wenxue (Internet literature) of the twenty-first century, this ... More
A Dictionary of Writers and their Works

A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)   Quick reference

Over 3,200 entries An essential guide to authors and their works that focuses on the general canon of British literature from the fifteenth century to the ... More
An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare

An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Over 860 entries Compiled by one of the best-known authorities on Shakespeare's works, this online-only dictionary offers up-to-date information on all aspects of Shakespeare in ... More
The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
‘ground-breaking’, Writing Magazine This authoritative dictionary draws on Oxford's unrivalled bank of reference and language resources in order to explore ... More
The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
‘I've just had the most tremendous fun with the online platform for The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation. ... More
The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales

The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales (2 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Literature
Length:
387,260 words
Illustration(s):
60
‘thoroughly researched, impartial, scholarly, wonderfully illustrated and enormous fun’ – The Independent on Sunday Over 1,000 entries ... More
The Oxford Companion to English Literature

The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Literature
Length:
1.05 million words
‘No guide could come more classic than The Oxford Companion to English Literature … the literary reference source of first resort’ ― The Times ... More
The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature

The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature (2 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
503,654 words
Illustration(s):
1
'a learned and totally addictive guide’ – The Times Over 3,600 entries The last thirty years have witnessed one of the most fertile periods in ... More
The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature

The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Literature
Length:
600,970 words
Over 4,900 entries Based on the bestselling Oxford Companion to English Literature, this is an indispensable guide to all aspects of English literature. Over 4,900 new and ... More
Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms (3 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
"Anyone who is addicted to the richness of the English language or simply intrigued by the origin and meaning of an idiom like ‘teach your grandmother to suck eggs’ will ... More
Dictionary Plus Literature

Dictionary Plus Literature   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Literature
Length:
11,320 words
This dictionary comprises authoritative, highly accessible entries on writers, works, and literary movements. These entries are supplementary to other literature titles in the Quick ... More
A Dictionary of Critical Theory

A Dictionary of Critical Theory   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Literature, Literary theory and cultural studies
Length:
207,076 words
Illustration(s):
1
This is the most wide-ranging and up-to-date dictionary of critical theory available, covering the whole range of critical theory, including the Frankfurt school, cultural materialism, ... More
The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Literature
Length:
339,550 words
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. This ... More
The Oxford Dictionary of Plays

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
‘informative, illuminating, and helpful … a remarkable achievement’ – Michael Billington, The Guardian Over 1,000 entries ... More
The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Literary theory and cultural studies
Length:
132,209 words
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1
'This dictionary's virtues and its plain-spokenness make it … as apt to the bedside table as to the desk: Dr Baldick is a Brewer for specialized tastes' – Times Literary ... More
The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
531,069 words
Illustration(s):
94
‘A wonderful treasure-house of information and insight’ – Dame Judi Dench Over 3,200 entries From the conjectured identity of the Dark Lady of ... More
The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
Length:
459,311 words
Over 1,400 entries This impressive Companion is an extensive guide to the lives of influential poets writing in English, in Britain and around the world, ... More
The Oxford Companion to American Literature

The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Literature
Length:
643,949 words
For more than half a century, The Oxford Companion to American Literature has been an unparalleled guide to America's literary culture, providing one of the finest resources to this ... More
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Language reference, History of English, Literature, Literary theory and cultural studies
Length:
1.34 million words
Illustration(s):
10
Much loved for its wit and wisdom since 1870, Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable takes you on a captivating adventure through its trademark blend of language, culture, myth and ... More
Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope

Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
Length:
425,796 words
Scholarly, ambitious and scrupulous’ – Matthew Beaumont, Times Literary Supplement The Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope encompasses all the latest ... More
Oxford Reader's Companion to Hardy

Oxford Reader's Companion to Hardy   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
Length:
357,025 words
‘Scholarly, ambitious and scrupulous’—Matthew Beaumont, Times Literary Supplement Norman Page, with the help of his team of expert contributors, presents ... More
Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
Length:
344,606 words
‘Scholarly, ambitious and scrupulous’—Matthew Beaumont, Times Literary Supplement Under the editorial guidance of John Rignall, over 50 literary scholars ... More
Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
Length:
440,604 words
Written in a lucid, easy style, The Oxford Reader’s Companion to Dickens draws together an unparalleled diversity of information on one of our greatest writers: his life, his works, his ... More
Oxford Reader’s Companion To Conrad

Oxford Reader’s Companion To Conrad   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
Length:
304,995 words
‘Scholarly, ambitious and scrupulous’ – Matthew Beaumont, Times Literary Supplement Over 400 entries cover Conrad’s Conrad’s life (health, Polish inheritance, the sea, ... More
The Oxford Companion to the Brontës

The Oxford Companion to the Brontës   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
Length:
402,056 words
From Haworth to Heathcliff and from Wildfell Hall to The Wide Sargasso Sea, The Oxford Companion to the Brontes provides comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date information on the ... More
The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature

The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (3 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Classical studies
Length:
496,787 words
Illustration(s):
1
‘a volume for all seasons... indispensable’—Times Educational Supplement The third edition of The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature is the complete ... More
A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, History
Length:
136,941 words
‘affords many pleasures to the curious... an intellectual inventory. ’ – Andrew Zurcher, Times Literary Supplement This is the first Dictionary of English Manuscript ... More
Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
With thousands of contemporary words and phrases and a wide selection of entries on the cultural preoccupations of our times, Brewer’s Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable is an invaluable ... More
Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
From the Bloomsbury Group to the Camberwell Carrot and Samuel Johnson to Boris Johnson, Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase and Fable shines a welcome light into the enticingly shadowy ... More
Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable is dedicated to the history, culture, and mythology of the Emerald Isle. With a stunningly eclectic array of more than 6,000 ... More
An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
547,072 words
“An outstanding work of reference” – THES For the first time in this innovative reference book the Romantic Age is surveyed across all aspects of British ... More
The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland

The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature, Society and culture
Length:
430,637 words
‘the finest reference book of its kind: a brilliant and meticulous interweaving of anecdote and quotation … it provides the ideal way to plan any kind of literary pilgrimage ... More
The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction

The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
This is the first historical dictionary devoted to science fiction. It shows the development of science-fiction words and their associated concepts over time, with full citations and ... More
The Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation

The Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
Length:
490,742 words
Illustration(s):
2
‘This is an impressive volume which is an indispensable reference work for anybody who takes an interest in literary translation’, Perspectives: Studies in ... More
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
1.09 million words
Illustration(s):
401
2006 ALA/RUSA Best Reference 2006 Booklist Editor's Choice 2006 Library Journal Best Reference Written by an international roster of more than 300 authors, ... More
The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
Length:
1.66 million words
Illustration(s):
169
2006 ALA/RUSA Best Reference 2006 Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2006 Booklist Editor's Choice The Encyclopedia provides comprehensive coverage of ... More
The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature

The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
Length:
951,737 words
The second edition of the acclaimed Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature has been thoroughly updated with more than 340 new entries on new writers, new books, and extended entries on ... More
The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature

The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
Length:
516,004 words
This Companion offers a comprehensive record of New Zealand writing in easily accessible form. It contains more than 1,500 entries on writers, novels, plays, poetry, journals, periodicals, ... More
The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
1.51 million words
2004 Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2004 Pennsylvania School Librarians Association “Best Reference Title” 2004 Library Journal Best Reference 350 entries ... More
The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
756,823 words
This Companion provides a comprehensive survey of women writers across four centuries of American history. There are biographical entries on poets, novelists, and playwrights, such as ... More
The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature

The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
469,074 words
‘… impressive list of contributors … a substantial achievement’, Italian Studies Embracing the whole of Italian literature, from the early thirteenth ... More
The Oxford Companion to German Literature

The Oxford Companion to German Literature (3 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
910,474 words
‘the scope of this Companion is vast’, Modern Language Review This new edition of Henry and Mary Garland's classic Oxford Companion to German ... More
The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales

The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
359,703 words
‘thoroughly researched, impartial, scholarly, wonderfully illustrated and enormous fun’, The Independent on Sunday This online edition was ... More
The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction

The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
‘...a tremendous achievement...it resuscitates hundreds of authors and drives fresh pathways through the field’, Times Literary Supplement ... More
The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing

The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
479,062 words
‘A treasure trove ... One that lovers of crime and mystery writing will want on their shelves’, P D James This Companion provides scholars and fans of the crime and ... More
The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

The Oxford Companion to Chaucer   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (early and medieval)
Length:
377,896 words
Illustration(s):
22
Written by an international team of scholars, the Oxford Companion to Chaucer provides a wealth of clear, up-to-date assessments on all aspects of Chaucer. Entries provide information on ... More
The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature

The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
814,179 words
‘The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature is a landmark’ A. D. Hope, London Review of Books Foremost in its field, the second edition of The Oxford ... More
The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
762,682 words
Illustration(s):
2
‘a superb act of homage at a critical moment in French literary fortunes’, Observer This Companion is a new and completely reconceived work, ... More
The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Literature
Length:
210,101 words
This comprehensive guide spans sixteen centuries of the literature and literary culture of Ireland. From the ogam alphabet in the 4th century, to contemporary writers such as Roddy Doyle ... More
The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Literature
Length:
408,394 words
This online edition was reviewed and selectively updated by William L. Andrews and Frances Smith Foster in 2011. This abridged and updated edition of the acclaimed Oxford ... More
The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
This Companion examines English-language writers and writing throughout the twentieth century, in all major genres and from all around the world. All the great literary figures are ... More

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