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  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch
  • ASIN: B0000CHCVX
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From the bookjacket front flap: "The Function of Bibliography is a survey of a revolution which has taken place in the study of literary texts. To most people the word 'bibliography' means little more than 'book list.' The full and complete listing in logical order of books on a particular subject is still a major department of bibliography, and from the librarian's point of view, bibliography consists of 'reference bibliography' or 'enumerative bibliography.' But in this century bibliography, the study of books, has exploded into a science, and, as with any growing scholarly science, its practitioners differ strongly about priorities. Bibliography is now taught as part of English literature courses at Universities, and its chief purpose in the literary field is the discovery of exactly what authors have written. This has become distorted in an extraordinarily large number of cases in the process of turning the manuscript into a printed book.

Roy Stokes here provides a lively survey of this developing field of study. He devotes chapters to every branch of bibliography - enumerative, descriptive, analytical, critical, textual, physical and historical. His view is that bibliography can usefully include all its varied and vociferous practitioners, and that means should be subordinated to the obvious end of understanding our literature better. He writes intelligently and with sympathy of them all, and provides an extremely useful and interesting introduction to the subject as a whole. It is the first non-specialist book on the subject, and a very good one."
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