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This is an update of Sova's (English, Montclair State Univ., NJ) award-winning Edgar Alan Poe A-Z , originally published by Facts On File in 2001. In addition to including new illustrations, the book now features a new format: Sova has separated the original A-to-Z entries into various sections covering biography, Poe's fiction, Poe's essays and reviews, and people in Poe's life. The first part of the book reviews Poe's poems and stories, while the second comprises 200 of his reviews of other authors' works published in such literary magazines as Southern Literary Messenger and Grahams Magazine . The entries on Poe's work are generally not more than half a page long except when discussing his better-known works (e.g., Raven, Tell Tale Heart ), in which case they can run up to three pages. They consist of a synopsis, commentary, and publication history and often include an analysis of the characters, notes about the work's adaptation to stage or screen, and a further readings list. Poe's own influences and the lives of those he influenced are discussed in "Related Entries," although not always at great length. Appendixes containing a time line of Poe's life, a chronology of his works, a selected bibliography, an index, and addresses of Poe research collections conclude the book. BOTTOM LINE This revision not only features a new format but also provides more content, especially in the fiction section. While Greenwood's Poe Encyclopedia (1997) gives a more detailed review of Poe's works, this book serves as a good starting point for further reserach. College libraries or public libraries with a special interest in Poe should consider buying.-JamesLangan, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Johnstown
CORRECTION: In the January 2008 issue of LJ , we erroneously stated that the price of the Hammond World Atlas , reviewed with the Oxford Atlas of the World , was $79.95. The correct price is $59.95. LJ regrets the error.Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.