What is a reader's encyclopedia? Most fundamentally, it's a book about BOOKS--and that means from the Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh down to ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE. It's about authors, playwrights and poets, letter-writers and essayists. It include entries on literary movemets, figures from mythology and history as they impinge on literature, and on technical terms that defie sub-categories of it. There are entries on characters in novels and characters who might as well be in novels. We know people who read it every day, like a devotional. If you love to read, you'll want this book; it will give you pleasure and make you smarter. Light cover wear, firm binding, age-toned text.
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Long recognized as the supreme reference on world literature, Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia is the single-most complete one-volume encyclopedia available for those with a serious interest in the subject.
More than 10,000 entries explore all aspects of literature from around the world: biographies of poets and playwrights, novelists and belletrists; plot synopses and character sketches from important works; historical data on literary schools, movements, terms, and awards; myths and legends; and more.
Completely revised and updated, the fifth edition continues to expand on the diversity of today's canon, with greater attention to traditions from around the globe. In particular, this edition brings new focus to the changing landscape of world religion and culture, as well as to accurate reflection of contemporary reexaminations and interpretations, such as those of the Ottomans, Olmecs, and Umayyads.
For more than sixty years, William Rose Benet and the editors who succeeded him have upheld the level of quality that distinguished the original Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia. Like its predecessors, this new edition will teach and delight, illuminate and expound, and enrich the pleasure of reading in countless ways.