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A Glossary of Literary Terms 10th Edition

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"Just as approaches to literary studies have evolved, A Glossary of Literary Terms, has met the challenge of evolving and morphing into just what is needed for undergraduates, graduates, and professors of English and American Literature."

"This book is unique, superior because of the comprehensive, synthesizing, essay-based approach and its lucidity . . .essays are ambitiously comprehensive yet succinct . . .This book is second to none."

About the Author

M. H. Abrams is a distinguished scholar who has written prize-winning books on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, literary criticism, and European Romanticism. He also is General Editor for THE NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE. In addition, M. H. Abrams has been the recipient of Guggenheim, Ford Foundation, and Rockefeller Postwar fellowships and the Award for Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1990).

Geoffrey Galt Harpham is the director of the National Humanities Center. The recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation, he has written extensively in the fields of literary criticism, critical theory, and intellectual history. Among his many books are ON THE GROTESQUE, ONE OF US: THE MASTERY OF JOSEPH CONRAD and THE HUMANITIES AND THE DREAM OF AMERICA.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 10 edition (January 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495898023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495898023
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on May 3, 2015
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This glossary has been a staple for majors in English Literature for over forty years. A shorter version of this accompanied me many years ago through graduate school.
It is a very learned and thorough work. Its entries are arranged alphabetically. If I would have one complaint about it it relates to its readability. The work is scholarly and often the explanations and definitions are complicated. Often in reading through it I felt I was not quite understanding what was being said. But this can perhaps more be attributed to my own characteristic difficulty in feeling that I have really understood something.
On the whole this work could be of great use to any serious student of Literature.
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This is a great book. It breaks down complex literary terms into understandable language for the laymen, yet with the sophistication of the professional.
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Bought this for my Practicing Criticism class. It is very helpful in explaining what you are reading, so you get a full understanding of literary terms.
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Good reference guide. I would recommend this to anyone in lower-division English courses who are seriously considering English as a major.
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The book was as described -used and underlined by previous owner. It was a little overpriced because of this but the book itself - the content - is invaluable for my purposes so overall I am pleased with my purchase.
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If you're taking the comprehensive exam this is the go-to book.
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