Cyclopedia of Literary Places, Volume 1: Abraham and Isaac--the Glass Menagerie

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The many functions of place in fiction, whether to drive a plot, inform an event, add dimension to character, or symbolize atmosphere, are the subject of this three-volume reference. The entries are organized alphabetically by title; works from the Bible through the 20th century are included. Each entry includes a short synopsis of the story followed by a list of the significant places in the work with a description of the role they played. The contributors teach English at universities in the US; some are ...
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Overview

The many functions of place in fiction, whether to drive a plot, inform an event, add dimension to character, or symbolize atmosphere, are the subject of this three-volume reference. The entries are organized alphabetically by title; works from the Bible through the 20th century are included. Each entry includes a short synopsis of the story followed by a list of the significant places in the work with a description of the role they played. The contributors teach English at universities in the US; some are independent scholars. An introductory essay and a key to pronunciation are included. Indexing is by title, author, and place. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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This three-volume set completes Salem's trilogy of reference works analyzing stories (Masterplots), characters (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters), and now settings in classic works of literature (mostly novels, though a few plays and poems are included). Similar in format to the previous two titles, Literary Places provides details of both real and imaginary geographic places that serve as settings for approximately 1300 titles covered in the previous works (e.g., Homer's The Odyssey and Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses). The entries are alphabetized by title, range in length from 300 to 1000 words, and feature author, type of work, type of plot, time of plot, and a brief synopsis. Phonetic spellings of foreign place names are also included. The bulk is devoted to the analysis of specific locations-countries, cities, and even specific buildings-that figure in the plot. The description of each location includes the necessary historical context (e.g., what was going on in that location in the real world at the time the story takes place), specific details about a particular house or building, or the meaning a certain type of building or geography may have to its occupants or neighbors. Well written, easy to use, and fun to read, this set-and, in fact, the entire trilogy-is a valuable addition to all libraries. [Sample entries plus the introduction and all three indexes (author, place, and title) are available on the publisher's web site, www. salempress.com/TitleDetail.asp?ID=334.-Ed.]-Manya S. Chylinski, Ernst & Young Ctr. for Business, Boston Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587650956
  • Publisher: Salem Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 1320

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