About this title:
A great reference tool, but even more importantly, this fascinating compendium of hundreds of lists will delight and inform book lovers of all ages. Thousands of interesting and entertaining facts, terms and trivia about literature, related to genres, literary periods, themes, authors, characters, and awards...even lists of books and poetry available on audiocassettes, as well as computer software. Among the numerous lists:
-- The whimsical and weird, rare book values, and "daffynitions"
-- Long-running Broadway plays and Drama Critics' Circle Awards
-- Unique lists of inventions, banned books, and horror story masters
-- Fiction from around the world by decade.
Other offbeat and unusual lists include authors epitaphs, world famous writers pseudonyms, a short work by Leo Tolstoy, the books written by "anonymous, " and their current value.
The broad scope of topics, combined with clear organization, make this book an excellent source, and perfect holiday gift, for any bibliophile who enjoys browsing for the sheer fun of discovery.
Wonderful for browsing--and invaluable for finding specific information-- "Literature Lover's Book of Lists" is organized into nine sections and provides nearly 200 lists relating to genres, authors, characters and settings, awards, literary terms with thier definitions and much more. There are even lists of books of prose and poetry available on audiocassettes.
There are so many literary goodies in Judie L.H. Strouf's Literature Lover's Book of Lists that one gets a bit breathless trying to get across the full range of pleasures that await. Basically, this is a book of many lists, the sort of lists a lover of literature might seek and relish. There are lists of literature types and literary terminology, Nobel Prize winners and influential writers, schools of criticism and biblical allusions. There are reading lists of bestselling books, children's books, and lists of books for every genre of literature imaginable, from autobiography to Western masters. Strouf has a full section on poetry, as well, with lists pertaining to major poets from around the world, plus examples of ballad, elegy, and limerick. Drama is treated as thoroughly, as are literary periods, literary themes, and--of course--literary references. A brilliant reference itself for any student of literature, Strouf's opus is also an addictively browsable book, perfect for long car trips, Sunday mornings over coffee, and romantic evenings by the fire. It's every bibliophile's dream. --Stephanie Gold
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