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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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