For more than half a century, James D. Hart's The Oxford Companion to American Literature has been an unparalleled guide to America's literary culture, providing one of the finest resources to this country's rich history of great writers. Now this acclaimed work has been completely revised and updated to reflect current developments in the world of American letters.
For the sixth edition, editors James D. Hart and Phillip Leininger have updated the Companion in light of what has happened in American literature since 1982. To this end, they have revised the entries on such established authors as Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, and Joyce Carol Oates, and they have added more than 180 new entries on novelists (T. Coraghessan Boyle, Tim O'Brien, Louise Erdrich, Don De Lillo), poets (Rita Dove, Weldon Kees), playwrights (Wendy Wasserstein, August Wilson), popular writers (Stephen King, Louis L'Amour), historians (James M. McPherson, David Herbert Donald, William Manchester), naturalists (Aldo Leopold, Edward Abbey), and literary critics (Camille Paglia, Richard Ellmann). In addition, the Companion boasts more women's, African-American, and ethnic voices, with new entries on such luminaries as Charlotte Perkins Gilman, M.F.K. Fisher, William Least Heat-Moon, Ursula Le Guin, and Oscar Hijuelos, among many others.
These additions represent only some of the revisions for the new edition. Of course, the basic qualities of the Companion that readers have grown to know and love over the years are as superb as ever. With over 5,000 total entries, The Oxford Companion to American Literature reflects a dynamic balance between past and contemporary literature, surveying virtually every aspect of our national literature, from the Pulitzer Prize to pulp fiction, and from Walt Whitman to William F. Buckley, Jr. There are over 2,000 biographical profiles of important American authors (with information regarding their styles, subjects, and major works) and influential foreign writers as well as other figures who have been important in the nation's social and cultural history. There are more than 1,100 full summaries of important American novels, stories, essays, poems (with verse form noted), plays, biographies and autobiographies, tracts, narratives, and histories. The new edition provides historical background and astute commentary on literary schools and movements, literary awards, magazines, newspapers, and a wide variety of other matters directly related to writing in America. Finally, the book is thoroughly cross-referenced and features an extensive and fully updated index of literary and social history.
Ranging from Captain John Smith to John Updike, and from Anne Bradstreet to Anne Rice, the sixth edition of The Oxford Companion to American Literature is up to date, accurate, and comprehensive, a delight for both the casual browser and the serious student.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
James D. Hart was Professor of American Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of its Bancroft Library. He is the author of The Popular Book and A Companion to California. He died in 1990.
Phillip Leininger, after a twenty-year career as acquiring editor for Holt and Harper, and as consulting editor for Oxford University Press, has taught literature, fiction, and poetry at Marist College, Empire State College, and at SUNY-Albany. He is co-editor of Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature with George and Barbara Perkins and was in-house editor for The American Tradition in Literature and the Harper American Literature.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0195065484 New Hardcover ~ Durable library style binding ~ strong hinges, beautiful cover art, AB16, media mail delivery is free, meticulously inspected, packed securely, with care and extra padding, and shipped ASAP, we have quick responsive customer service, and our feedback score speaks louder than this text, we also ship internationally, and your purchase is always satisfaction guaranteed, Bookseller Inventory # SKU1047345
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1995. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: This is an updated edition of Hart's famous Companion. Hart died in 1990. The experienced reference book editor Philip Leininger has completed the revisions. There are nearly 200 new entries, plus many more entries that have been brought up to date. This represents a substantial revision of the book. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0195065484
Book Description Oxford University Press. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0195065484
Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 6. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0195065484
Book Description OUP USA, 1996. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VU-9780195065480
Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97801950654801.0
Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. NEW Book in Mint Condition -- Great DEAL !! Fast Shipping -- Friendly Customer Service -- Buy with Confidence!. Bookseller Inventory # RP0195065484BN
Book Description Oxford University Press. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 788 págs. Bookseller Inventory # 30004715
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110195065484
Book Description Oxford University Press, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0195065484 OXFORD UP ACAD (02/03/2006) Weight: 1606g. / 3.54 lbs Binding: Paperback. Great Customer Service!. Bookseller Inventory # 9780195065480