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Alphabetically-arranged entries in three chronological volumes discuss literary movements, characters, works, and authors from the colonial period through the twentieth century.
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This wide-ranging encyclopedia of American literature consists of three chronological volumes, each covering an era in American history. Volume 1, which treats the Colonial and Revolutionary era, was written by Berkin (history, Baruch; Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution), while Volumes 2 (The Age of Romanticism and Realism) and 3 (The Modern and Postmodern Period) were written by Paddock and Rollyson, respectively, who coauthored Herman Melville A to Z and hold Ph.D.s in English. All three volumes feature an introductory essay followed by alphabetically arranged entries and a chronology. The entries, which range from literary figures, genres, and literary characters to specific works, topical entries such as "Lost Generation," and musicals, provide not just facts but interpretation of the topic's importance as well. They are usually brief often only one to two paragraphs, although a few run over one page and conclude with a list of sources. The greatest downfall of this set is the lack of consistency. For example, only Volume 1 includes citations to works by the person under discussion, as well as a few secondary sources. Also, the cross references refer only to articles within a volume, not across the set. Thus, volumes 2 and 3 both include articles on detective fiction, but neither indicates that the other volume covers the same topic in a different time period. Worst of all, although each volume has a cumulative "List of Entries," there is no cumulative index. Authors are included here who do not appear in Continuum's recent Encyclopedia of American Literature, such as John Kennedy Toole and Patricia Highsmith. However, such authors do appear in the wonderful Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia, which remains more authoritative and larger in scope. Given these drawbacks as well as the steep price, this title is not recommended unless your library is in need of a chronological approach to American literature or a more current reference. Cynthia A. Johnson, Barnard Coll. Lib., New York
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American literature is probably one of the most heavily represented subjects in U.S. libraries. One would think that this topic has been wrung out and hung out to dry. But despite standard works such as The Oxford Companion to American Literature (1995), despite all the varieties of coverage in more specialized reference tools, there is still room for this set on your reference shelves.
The three volumes are divided into chronological order: The Colonial and Revolutionary Era, 1607-1814; The Age of Romanticism and Realism, 1815-1914; and The Modern and Postmodern Period from 1915. Alphabetical entries encompass all forms of writers--novelists, diarists, essayists, historians, pamphleteers, poets, and editors. Some literary characters, such as Blanche DuBois, are included, as are historical figures, like Daniel Boone, about whom books were written. Other entries cover significant publications, such as the Federalist and the New Yorker, and documents, such as the Gettysburg Address. Genres, movements, and styles are covered in Drama, African-American literature, Minimalism, and other entries. In addition, significant organizations, social movements, and historic events are treated with regard to their relevance to literature.
Each of the approximately 1,900 entries is at least a paragraph long, with some entries (for example, the one on Norman Mailer) covering more than a page. In addition to the lists of primary and secondary source material attached to the entries, each volume has a more general bibliography. Each volume also includes a specific chronology and index; unfortunately, there is no index to the complete set.
This is an excellent source for students who need more than the Oxford Companion but less than Scribner's American Writers series, and its chronological arrangement offers a different slant. Recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries. RBB
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