Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century

Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century

by Eric L. Haralson
     
 

With contributions from over 100 scholars, this encyclopedia provides essays on the careers, works, and backgrounds of more than 100 nineteenth-century poets. It also provides entries on specialized categories of twentieth-century verse such as hymns, folk ballads, spirituals, Civil War songs, and Native American poetry.

Besides presenting essential factual

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With contributions from over 100 scholars, this encyclopedia provides essays on the careers, works, and backgrounds of more than 100 nineteenth-century poets. It also provides entries on specialized categories of twentieth-century verse such as hymns, folk ballads, spirituals, Civil War songs, and Native American poetry.

Besides presenting essential factual information, each entry amounts to an in-depth critical essay, and includes a bibliography that directs readers to other works by and about a particular poet.

Comprehensive and fully indexed, this crucial resource is available now in paperback.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"It is a fine reference book to be in the stock of any good reference library. It is also a special book for anyone who has love for poetry, and a joy in celebrating the human condition at its best." UK Library Association Record

"Recommended for academic library collections." Choice

"Recommended for all libraries." Library Journal

"This excellent Encyclopedia is brilliant in a way so many intellectual projects are not: it is readable... The scope of this book is truly amazing: it gives evidence not only of the tremendous explosion in scholarly 'recuperation' that has taken place in the past three decades, but also of the great effort of editing and compilation in these areas necessary to bring into being works such as this Encyclopedia...This creative and learned book is more than useful: it's stimulating." Reference & User Services Quarterly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"True poetry has always striven for, and has in the last twenty years come to perfect, a nobility of expression that is of vital importance for our democratic esthetic, moral, and political culture." So writes John Hollander in the notably cheerful introduction to his selection of The Best American Poetry 1998. Highlights of the nobly constructed anthology include an excerpt from John Bricuth's forthcoming Just Let Me Say This About That, Thylias Moss's "The Right Empowerment of Light," John Koethe's "The Secret Amplitude" and Jacqueline Osherow's "La Leggenda della Vera Croce." As always in this David Lehman edited series, each poet contributes a short note on his or her anthologized poem. (Scribner, $14 352p ISBN 0-684-81450-1; $30 cloth 81453-6; Aug.) For a glimpse of the former state of the art, look no further than this fall's Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century. Edited by Eric L. Haralson (with Hollander as an advisory editor), the 115 entries in this biographical encyclopedia cover every poet included by Hollander in The Library of America's acclaimed American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century. Contributors to the encyclopedia include Angus Fletcher (on James Russell Lowell), Daniel Hoffman (on Poe and Stephen Crane) and Barbara Packer (on Joseph Rodman Drake). (Fitzroy Dearborn, $95 536p ISBN 1-57958-008-4; Sept.)
Library Journal
This fascinating resource was developed for use with the Library of America's comprehensive two-volume anthology American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, edited by John Hollander (LJ 9/1/93), offering informative essays concerning the lives and works of the more than 100 authors anthologized there. In each essay, readers are directed to poems in the Library of America volumes, with parenthetical references citing the volume and page. Yet this work can also stand alone as a powerful source of biographical and critical information about little-known poets from the 19th-century literary world, including African American, Native American, and women poets who represent a significant cultural and historical heritage. Each entry lists selected works and includes a bibliography for those interested in further research. Recommended for all libraries, particularly those that already own the Library of America anthology.--Cynde Bloom Lahey, New Canaan Lib., CT
Booknews
A reference companion to the two-volume anthology published in 1993. Essays focus on the works in that collection and furnish not only useful facts and dates, biographical background, and information on the provenance of the poetry, but a critical discussion of the formal features, literary- historical significance, and cultural relevance of the verses being addressed. Also covers many more works per author. Entries are arranged alphabetically and presented in a two-column format. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415890762
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/30/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
550
Sales rank:
1,436,453
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.30(d)

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