The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry / Edition 10

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This new edition of "Granger's" will be as welcome in virtually all types of libraries as older editions. As in the past, the editors dropped some 150 anthologies covered in the ninth edition to add another 150 to this one, making retention of older editions a necessity. The preface indicates that 79,000 poems by 11,000 authors are indexed (21,000 new poems and 900 new authors) within 386 anthologies The major enhancement to this edition of "Granger's" is the addition of last-line indexing for 12,500 poems. This feature is integrated within the main section of the work, now called "Title, First Line, and Last Line Index." The basic look of the work remains unchanged, though last lines are indicated with ("LL")" at the end of the line. Following this (as is the case with first lines) is the title of the poem, the poet, and the usual abbreviations of anthologies where the poem may be found. This enhancement perhaps comes as a result of the publication of Virginia Kline's "Last Lines" ["RBB" Ja 15 92], a "Granger's" look-alike published by Facts On File that indexed everything in the eighth edition of "Granger's" plus more. Although the 12,500 last lines indexed by "Granger's" can hardly compare with the 171,000 indexed by "Last Lines", this feature is nevertheless a welcome addition. As to the selection of which poems to index by last line, the editors note that they are the "poems that have been anthologized most frequently. These are the poems reprinted most often, circulated most often, most likely to be present on library shelves, and therefore most likely to be remembered and searched for. Although there will always be questions concerning why certain anthologies were dropped from "Granger's", the Board was particularly struck by the fact that many anthologies of translations of foreign poetry--something "Granger's" did for the first time in the ninth edition--were dropped from the tenth. Of the 58 foreign anthologies in the ninth edition, 47 were dropped. Fewer were added with this edition, so the tenth edition has only 29 foreign anthologies--half as many as in the ninth Most libraries will find the tenth edition of "Granger's" virtually indispensable as an addition to their reference collections. Columbia plans to release an updated version of "The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry" on CD-ROM [RBB Mr 1 92] in the spring of 1995, so libraries that have already invested in that work may want to upgrade their CD-ROM rather than making an investment of almost $200 for the printed work.
**** Cited under its present title in Walford, 5th ed. and under its previous title, Granger's Index to Poetry, in BCL3 and Sheehy. In response to the desires expressed by librarians, the revised and updated tenth edition of this famous reference adds an index by last line, allowing users who remember the title, first line, or last line of a poem to locate 70,000 English-language poems in some 400 anthologies. Also included are an author index and a subject index containing some 3,400 categories. Note: the ISBN embossed on the back cover mistakenly identifies the 9th edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231084086
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1993
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 2184
  • Product dimensions: 7.77 (w) x 12.84 (h) x 3.38 (d)

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