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The Twentieth-Century Novel: An Introduction 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0312102449
ISBN-10: 0312102445
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; 1st edition (March 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312102445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312102449
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,992,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a professor of literature, I love this little book. I've been teaching the 20th-century novel for a few years, and I've never come across something that so clearly makes the connections for both myself and my students. This amazingly compact work is comprehensive and horribly philosophical, and yet it presents the connections in a very approachable way: I would highly recommend it for both teachers and students. (Indispensible for graduate studies in English.)
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I'm a literature professor, too, and I was thinking of using this brief, informative book as required reading for an upcoming class on the American novel in the 20th century. But then I saw the price!

The full retail price is more than $90 for such a little book -- no illustrations, no glossy pages, none of the things that make science text books so expensive. It has about 120 small pages of text.

Even its discount price of about $45 it is outrageous. Such a price nearly guarantees the book's failure on the market, however useful it might be. What student can afford that? Bedford Books must be staffed by either fools or King Midas's children.
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For the content this text might as well be an introduction to a more definitive and detailed work. It's really not worth the price or the effort. If it was an introduction/preface to another book, as a student, I'd skip it (and not miss much). Abrams' Glossary of Literary Terms, or the Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature would be a more worthwhile investment for students; the sort of useful resource a student could return to throughout their academic career. It might be useful as a supplementary reference for high school students, the sort of thing kept in a classroom library. I wouldn't recommend it for personal purchase.
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