Encyclopedia of the Essay



Encyclopedia of the Essay
Author: T. Chevalier
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition
Publication date: 1997
ISBN: 1884964303
Number of pages: 2191

Format / Quality: pdf-zipped-excellent quality
Size: 11,2MB

From Library Journal
This is the first encyclopedia devoted entirely to the essay in all its many forms, from Locke’s “Essay Concerning Human Understanding” and Pope’s “Essay on Man” in verse to more conventional essays by figures such as Montaigne and Thoreau. International in scope, the work focuses on the last few centuries, since that is when the essay emerged as a literary form. There are entries for genres such as “travel essays,” for various national traditions, important periodicals, “especially significant single essays,” and individual essayists. The entries are well written and insightful, and include extensive bibliographies; the entries for individuals also include succinct biographical sketches. Most of the contributors are academics with impressive credentials. The volume’s general editor, Chevalier, earlier edited the excellent Contemporary Poets (St. James, 1991. 5th ed.) and Twentieth Century Children’s Writers (St. James, 1989. 3rd ed.). This is an excellent scholarly book that belongs in any library that supports belles-lettres.?Peter A. Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review
“A substantive reference, this work is highly recommended for all collections with a serious interest in literature.” — American Reference Books Annual

“Indispensable; highly recommended for general and academic readers, all levels.” — Choice – April 1998

“Scholars and students will find this resource a most useful and welcome addition to academic library collections.” — Booklist/RBB

“This is an excellent scholarly book that belongs in any library that supports belles-lettres.” – Library Journal “Sui generis in its treatment of the essay and of its practitioners, the encyclopedia’s analytical articles enrich a reference literature already well populated with works on novelists, playwrights, poets, and short story writers.” – Rettig on Reference “The entries are rich with information, replete with insight, and effectively written by the 275 contributors. Indispensable; highly recommended for general and academic readers [of] all levels.” – Choice “. . . the essay is finally given its due recognition here. . . . Scholars and students will find this resource a most useful and welcome addition to academic library collections.” – American Reference Books Annual “…a significant genre present in the repertories of most substantial writers, the essay is finally given its due recognition here … Scholars and students will find this resource a most useful and welcome addition to academic library collections.” – Booklist “This was an enormously ambitious undertaking, involving 280 contributors responsible for 516 entries. It also appears, on first use, to be enormously successful.” – Nineteenth Century Literature “A careful perusal of the volume reveals that the editorial control has been admirable, and this goes for the coverage as well … Tracy Chevalier is to be congratulated on the planning of this volume. The articles are substantial and informative … It all amounts to an impressive volume of which the editor, the contributors and the publishers may be justly proud.” – Reference Reviews “… all collegiate and research collections, or indeed any institution interested in developing a quality reference collection on literature, should acquire and publicize this volume.” – Reference and User Services Quarterly

Scholars and students will find this resource a most useful and welcome addition to academic library collections. — Booklist/RBB
This is the first encyclopedia devoted entirely to the essay in all its many forms…This is an excellent scholarly book that belongs in any library that supports belles-lettres. — Library Journal
Indispensable; highly recommended for general and academic readers, all levels. — Choice
A substantive reference, this work is highly recommended for all collections with a serious interest in literature. — American Reference Books Annual
All collegiate and research collections, or indeed any institution interested in developing a quality reference collection on literature, should acquire and publicize this volume. — Reference & User Services Quarterly
Must be regarded as the last work on essayists and their works… an impressive volume of which the editor, the contributors and the publishers may be justly proud. — Reference Reviews

Scholars and students will find this resource a most useful and welcome addition to academic library collections. — Booklist/RBB
This is the first encyclopedia devoted entirely to the essay in all its many forms…This is an excellent scholarly book that belongs in any library that supports belles-lettres. — Library Journal
Indispensable; highly recommended for general and academic readers, all levels. — Choice
A substantive reference, this work is highly recommended for all collections with a serious interest in literature. — American Reference Books Annual
All collegiate and research collections, or indeed any institution interested in developing a quality reference collection on literature, should acquire and publicize this volume. — Reference & User Services Quarterly
Must be regarded as the last work on essayists and their works… an impressive volume of which the editor, the contributors and the publishers may be justly proud.

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