From Library Journal
This splendid new series on literary characters should be very helpful for college-level research papers. The first three volumes in the series, on Hamlet, Huck Finn, and Caddy Compson, include generous amounts of historical critical excerpts, eight to 12 well-chosen full-length critical essays, and very current bibliographies listing some 50 to 60 additional studies. Future volumes (four in early 1990 and 44 "after July 1990") will include some studies of characters who appear in several works (Marlow, Oedipus) as well as some studies of characters depicted by several authors (e.g., Faust by Marlowe, Goethe, and Mann). The selection reflects an excellent understanding of characters quite commonly assigned by teachers. Of interest to general readers, the series will be heavily used by undergraduates, and there will surely be calls to expand it beyond the 51 planned volumes.- Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich.
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