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The Oxford Companion to English Literature

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (Oxford Paperback Reference) (Paperback)  Edited by Margaret Drabble, Edited by Jenny Stringer, Edited by Daniel HahnOriginally published in 1932, this definitive guide to English Literature edited by Margaret Drabble has been updated on several occasions. The main focus of the alphabetical listing is writers and their major works. Writers of course include authors, playwrights and poets. Shakespeare is afforded two and a half pages, which must be one of the longest entries. (Milton’s is comparable.) Within the entry for any writer, an asterisk next to the title of a work or the name of another writer indicates a separate entry where more detail can be found. So, if you want to read about one particular Shakespeare play, look under its title rather than under Shakespeare.

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Revise the English and English Literature Anthology for AQA A

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 Revise the English Literature English Anthology for AQA A (GCSE English for AQA A) by Mr Tony ChildsI must emphasise at the outset of this review that Revise the English and English Literature Anthology for AQA A is intended for pupils taking GCSE English examinations, but only those who are studying the AQA Specification A as is clear from the title. Pupils will be supplied by their schools with the AQA Anthology itself (Oxford University Press, ISBN 0198318812); the Anthology is not available in online or offline bookshops, but if you did need to obtain a copy, you might find one on Ebay.

Tony Childs’ book is therefore intended to assist with revision of the Anthology, by taking the poems and short stories one by one and asking questions that will guide pupils in the understanding and analysis of the works. The book opens with an introduction that explains the aims of the book, how it can help with revision, and how to prepare for the examination.

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AQA GCSE English/English Literature Students’ Book – Specification A

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AQA GCSE English/English Literature Students' BookThis English course book is for students studying for GCSE English and English Literature with the examination board AQA, specification A. The Introduction explains that it helps to ‘build the essential skills and knowledge to reach your potential in the GCSE English and English Literature exams’. There is a key for the various icons used in the book that signify spoken, reading, writing, and language activities. Students are shown that they will be able to check how good their skills are, develop and practise them, and improve them through the various activities. The speaking and listening, reading, and writing components of the course are shown in a table. There is in addition a table for the student to fill in every half term to show how confident they feel in each of the various skills. The final table in the introduction lists the skills that students will develop and practise and indicates how each skill will be assessed, whether through coursework or the final exam.

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