Michael D. Sollars
The Facts on File Companion to the 20th-century World Novel (Companions to Literature)
Grade 10 Up—Focusing on non-English-speaking countries, this set offers both personal information about famous authors, such as Umberto Eco and Kahlil Gibran, and lesser-known figures, such as Patricia Grace and Knut Hamsun, as well as thematic critiques of their novels. Since the writers and their works are often treated in separate essays, substantial information can be found on familiar novels, such as Nigerian Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. The ethnic coverage is a bit lopsided: European authors account for the most entries, while African writers receive less coverage than Japanese authors, and there is only a smattering of South American and Middle Eastern representatives. Bibliographic citations appear at the end of each article and are collected in an appendix, there is an index of works by country, and the thorough subject index should prove useful. Libraries serving a diverse and extensive literature curriculum will benefit from this title.—Carol Fazioli, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA
The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry, 19th Century
Many of the most popular British poets — the ones most taught and studied in classrooms — wrote during the 19th century. Among them were the famous Romantic poets, including William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordworth, John Keats, George Gordon Byron, and Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the Victorian poets, such as Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Thomas Hardy, and Alfred Lord Tennyson. “The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry: 19th Century” is a new encyclopedic guide to the 19th-century authors, poetry, historical places, and themes common to this literary period. This essential A-to-Z reference boasts a comprehensive and accessible format. It features poets, including the great Romantics and Victorians, as well as Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, W.B. Yeats, and many more. It looks at major poems and books of poetry, such as “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and “Sonnets from the Portuguese” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It deals with an important movement in poetry, such as the Romantics and the Pre-Raphaelites Influential journals. It features terms and concepts, such as sublime and negative capability.
The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry, 17th and 18th-Centuries
The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry, 17th and 18th Centuries takes its place within a four-volume set on British poetry from the beginnings to the present. As the other volumes do, this one considers British poetry to include that written by English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh poets. Entries address a number of topics, including poets, individual poems, themes important to the period’s poetry (such as carpe diem), genres and forms important in the period (such as the elegy, aubade, and ballad), and poetic groups and movements (including the Cavalier poets and the Tribe of Ben).
Michelle M. Sauer
The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry Before 1600
Some of the most important authors in British poetry left their mark on literature before 1600, including Geoffrey Chaucer, Edmund Spenser, and, of course, William Shakespeare. “The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry before 1600” is an encyclopedic guide to British poetry from the beginnings to the year 1600, featuring approximately 600 entries ranging in length from 300 to 2,500 words. This comprehensive new work includes extensive coverage of all the famous poems of the period, including 60 of Shakespeare’s finest sonnets and all of his other non-dramatic poems. Appendixes include a general bibliography and a glossary of poetic terms. Coverage includes: Major poems, such as “Beowulf”, Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales”, Shakespeare’s finest sonnets, Sidney’s “Astrophil and Stella”, Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene”, and many more. This title features poets, from Anglo-Saxon writers such as Alfred the Great and the “Beowulf” poet, to Middle English writers such as Geoffrey Chaucer, to the great poets of the 16th century such as Sir Thomas Wyatt, Christopher Marlowe, and, above all, William Shakespeare. It includes important themes, topics, and movements, such as Anglo-Saxon poetry, the alliterative revival, the Norman Conquest, and more.
Martin H. Manser
The Facts on File Guide to Style: N. (Writers Reference)
From school papers and e-mails to business reports and legal briefs, people write for personal and professional reasons on a daily basis. Finding a style and voice early on helps people become clear and concise writers, simplifying tasks of all kinds. The perfect companion to “The Facts On File Guide to Good Writing” (see page 8), this book helps readers refine and improve their writing style. The coverage includes: What Is Style? – understanding what constitutes clarity, elegance, and vigor in writing; Writing with Style – choosing words, constructing sentences, and finding the appropriate tone; Choosing a Style – adapting writing to suit circumstance, audience, and purpose; and Style in Practice – choosing the appropriate style for letters, e-mails, business reports, promotional writing, and other specific requirements. “The Facts On File Guide to Style” is a valuable resource for readers and writers of all ages.