The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature / Edition 1

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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.

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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

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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: 1,531,151
  • 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.

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