BN.com Gift Guide

The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$36.09
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 94%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (35) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $28.13   
  • Used (31) from $1.99   

Overview

Designed to serve as a useful companion for students and general readers, this volume provides ready references, first of all, to the authors and writings, past and present, that are included in the area of American literature. In addition, some references extend to the written word in America outside conventional literary criteria, but relevant to them.

This book contains brief biographies of important authors, plot summaries of individual works, descriptions of important literary movements, and much more.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A skilled abridgement...[of] a standard work in its field....A valuable addition to the reference shelf for anyone interested in American literature."--John Barkham Reviews

"Invaluable to those who need such a reference book, and [Hart's] enterprise, as before, has to be applauded."--Sunday Times (London)

"Wonderfully useful for quick references and just as enjoyable for browsing."--The Christian Science Monitor

Praise for the fifth edition of The Oxford Companion to American Literature:

"The histories and latest theories of American writing will come and go, but the authors and their works will remain, preserved for future evaluation by Hart's monumental work. It is without question our most important book on our own literature."--Virginia Quarterly Review

"A reference work I have never been able to live without."--Alfred Kazin, The New York Times Book Review

"Monumental....Without question our most important book on our own literature."--Virginia Quarterly Review

"Gracefully readable. For the serious reader, it is a delight, and for the scholar, it is indispensable."--Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

"If ever a compiler of a reference tool deserved a lifetime achievement award, it is James D. Hart."--Booklist

"An indispensable reference work....The fifth edition has moved on."--American Studies International

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195047714
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1988
  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,029,061
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

James D. Hart, Professor of American Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, is Director of the Bancroft Library and author of The Popular Book and A Companion to California.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)