Based on the best-selling Oxford Companion to English Literature, this is an indispensable, compact guide to all aspects of English literature. For this revised edition, existing entries have been fully updated and 60 new entries have been added on contemporary writers, including Peter Ackroyd, Martin Amis, W. Robertson Davies, P. D. James, Toni Morrison, and Jeanette Winterson.
- Over 5,000 entries on the lives and works of authors, poets, and playwrights
- Character entries and plot summaries
- Literary movements, critics, and critical theories
- Generous coverage of the literatures of other countries
- New appendices listing literary prize-winners—including the Nobel, Booker, and Pulitzer prizes
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