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A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms, Second Edition
  • Authored by: Edward Quinn
  • From the Series: Writers Reference
  • Trim Size: 6 X 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816062439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6243-0
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $55.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 08/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 803
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 480


Praise for the previous edition:
"...handy for book-group leaders. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries."—Library Journal

"...this valuable resource is more accessible and broader in approach than other literary dictionaries."—School Library Journal

"Recommended for public, college, and high-school libraries."—Booklist

In clear, nontechnical language, this dictionary of more than 1,000 literary terms and themes takes an expanded view of the term "literary." This book gives readers not only a traditional literary vocabulary, but also the knowledge of related theoretical, historical, and cultural terms they need in the interdisciplinary world of contemporary literary studies.

New entries include:

  • Traditional literary terms and themes, such as individualism, skepticism, and the Odysseus/Ulysses theme
  • Literary topics that have become increasingly popular in recent years, such as terrorism and prison literature
  • Subjects perennially popular among writers, such as alcoholism, baseball, and vampirism.
Features include:
  • Fresh definitions and examples of standard literary and related terms such as meter, antagonist, and New Criticism
  • Essays on major themes in literature such as evil, power, love, death, time, and more
  • Terms related to multicultural and feminist literature
  • Major contemporary theoretical terms, with clear definitions and examples
  • Culture terms from film, television, psychology, history, and other fields related to literature
  • References for further reading
  • Extensive cross-references.


Index. Cross-references. Further reading.

About the Author(s)

Edward Quinn is a professor emeritus of English at City College of New York. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University and has co-edited several reference works, including History in Literature, The Reader’s Encyclopedia of Shakespeare, and The Reader’s Encyclopedia of World Drama. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Reviews and Awards

"What sets Quinn’s dictionary apart from [the competition] is its rather sweeping and expanded treatment of literature, with an emphasis on literary themes...high on the recommended list."
American Reference Books Annual

"...a useful guide..."

"...entries are both concise and accessible and handle the elementary along with the more technical terms even professionals tend to skim over and try to figure out through context."
Reference & Research Book News

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