Cloak And Dagger Fiction

Cloak And Dagger Fiction

by Myron Smith, Terry White
     
 

A new edition of the definitive bibliography of the modern spy-adventure-intrigue novel. First published in 1976, this edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. After a discussion of early spy fiction, Smith and White provide a detailed listing of novels from 1940 onward. The bibliography is organized alphabetically, with entries providing brief content

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A new edition of the definitive bibliography of the modern spy-adventure-intrigue novel. First published in 1976, this edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. After a discussion of early spy fiction, Smith and White provide a detailed listing of novels from 1940 onward. The bibliography is organized alphabetically, with entries providing brief content annotations. Access is enhanced by cross references as well as appendixes and author and title indexes.

Among the new features provided with this edition are a bibliography of articles and books which reflect recent popular scholarship; an appendix, Craft Notes, in which writers themselves speak to concerns of their own choosing; and a glossary of terms on the fascinating and sometimes semantically bizarre language of espionage and spies. As Julian Rathbone writes in his foreword, "I am delighted that the Editors have given me this opportunity to recommend this new edition of Cloak and Dagger to all aficionados of that branch of fiction which has more to say about the way we live now than any other." An important reference tool for public and research libraries and their patrons interested in modern fiction and the spy novel.

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Editorial Reviews

Zom Zoms
"Thriller" in the subtitle here refers to any species of fiction revolving around spies. The heart of this volume is a 5,807-entry annotated bibliography arranged by author (compared with 3,435 entries in the second edition, published in 1983). Most of the titles were published since 1940. With the exception of a key work listed at the beginning of some authors' entries along with biographical notes, annotations are descriptive of plot but are not evaluative. Symbols following many annotations indicate if a title exists exclusively in paperback, portrays no graphic sexuality, is suitable for young adults, features humor, or uses a historical plot, setting, or characters. The lack of running heads for authors' names sometimes makes it difficult to ascertain where a particular entry begins Front matter includes a brief historical introduction and bibliography (new to this edition) of books, intelligence journals and fanzines, and reference works on espionage. Back matter comprises five appendixes and author and title indexes. Appendixes contain notes on the craft by espionage writers, and guides to pseudonyms, characters in series, intelligence and terrorist organizations, and espionage jargon. The craft notes and guide to jargon are new to this edition The wealth of new material in this edition of "Cloak and Dagger Fiction" justifies its purchase by public and academic libraries, even if they already have an earlier one.
Booknews
A new edition of the authoritative bibliography of the modern spy- adventure-intrigue novel. After a discussion of early spy fiction, Smith and White provide a detailed listing of novels from 1940 onward. The bibliography is organized alphabetically, with entries providing brief content annotations. There are five appendices: craft notes; guide to pseudonyms; guide to characters in series; guide to intelligence and terrorist organizations; and guide to the jargon of espionage. Cross-referenced, with author and title indexes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313277009
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/22/1995
Series:
Bibliographies and Indexes in World Literature Series, #45
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
894
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.88(d)

Meet the Author

MYRON J. SMITH, JR., is Library Director and Professor of History at Tusculum College as well as a longtime bibliographer in numerous subject areas.

TERRY WHITE is an Assistant Professor of English at Kent State University, Ashtabula Campus, and a scholar of modern fiction.

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