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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 8 edition (Dec 3 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413002188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413002188
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #382,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Seth on Oct. 30 2003
Format: Paperback
There is nothing in this book that is not in any other literary terms book. However, it's the quality, not quantity (isn't that what they always say? Well, it's true this time). The way that terms are defined makes sense to everyone, not just the avid writer or reader of literature.
For example, look up 'Heroic Couplets' elsewhere and you'll find broad, vague definitions with little or no description. Well, think again when it comes to Mr. Abrams version of interpretation. Also, the way the book is structured is clever in itself. When looking up one definition, it leads to other words that are unknown, thus making full use of the book.
If you have any desire to write or just want a better understanding of what terms are being thrown at you in text, consult this gem. If you don't agree, contact me and I'll refund your money (okay, that was a joke). Wise investment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erika K. Mccombs on Nov. 18 2002
Format: Paperback
As a budding english major, I have found Abrahms' book an absolute lifesaver. This is the best reference book on literary terms that I have found yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By orbit13 on Sept. 11 2003
Format: Paperback
Whether you are a student of literature or just looking to expand your understanding of it, you'll find this comprehensive yet accessible reference extremely useful. Abrams has compiled a fairly exhaustive glossary of (Western) literary terms. His succinct explanations are reinforced by familiar examples. When necessary, he also provides historical background to a word or phrase. Cross-referenced terms are highlighted within the descriptions, and the book includes an index of authors and of terms. This is a very easy reference to use, concise in its definitions, thorough in its content, and overall, well organized.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Haas on July 23 2000
Format: Paperback
In contrast to other dictionaries or encyclopedias whose cramped style is barely readable, this Glossary of Literary Terms is a book to enjoy. There are little essays on all major literary terms; those which can only be understood in their context are included in essays of a different heading (e.g. "Bildungsroman" is one of the terms which are explained in the essay about the "novel"). At first sight this may seem a bit complicated, but in the long run it is a lot more efficient than the usual dictionary-style presentation.
Of course an advanced student of literature may sometimes miss some details - but those are details nobody would remember anyway. Mr Abrams only gives you the facts you really want to know and memorize. And he does this in a style of remarkable clarity and fluency. While this proves him to be a member of an old school of lit crit, the Glossary contains good introducitons to recent trends as well (postcolonial studies, gay and lesbian literature etc.)
I am thankful that I didn't have to study literature without Abrams' Glossary!
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