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In clear, succinct, non-technical language, A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms expands upon the definition of "literary." It is the first book of its kind to give readers not only a traditional literary vocabulary, but also the related theoretical, historical, and cultural terms. Essays on major literary themes include the artist/hero, the body, nihilism, evil, politics, love, war, existentialism, class, death, desire, and more. Also featured are themes of particular significance for our age, such as AIDS, alienation, and anti-Semitism. The most up-to-date information in the field is provided, including newly created definitions and examples of standard literary and related terms, like meter, antagonist, and New Criticism.
Edward is a professor of English (emeritus) at the City College of New York. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University and has co-edited several major reference works, including the classic The Reader's Encyclopedia of Shakespeare. Mr. Quinn lives in Brooklyn, NY.