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In this already well-populated field, Beacham’s plows a corner devoted to popular fiction.

Beacham’s encyclopedia of popular fiction

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I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? The Encyclopedia includes Biography and Resource volumes, offering beachma information on individual authors, and Analyses volumes, discussing individual works.

The length of the essays varies from two pages to nearly ten. Useful for high-school classroom discussions as well as public library book-discussion groups, this set will also serve academic institutions that support classes in popular culture. Finally, there is an index of authors with their analyzed titles and a master or of interf. The profiles, which average five pages, furnish brief material about the author’s life and career, list the major works, and conclude with selected annotated references.


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Coverage emphasizes contemporary American authors, many of whom are best-seller types not usually included in such works, e. The signed critical essays, most written by academic specialists, are arranged by title and offer a social context for the work and discussions of themes, characters, techniques, literary precedents, and related titles.

Three volumes cover biography and resources and eight volumes are devoted to analyses. For example, much of the biography of Poul Anderson and the analysis of two of his books appeared in the set. Some material has been reprinted from the earlier series. Twelve appendixes including web sites on individual authors are designed to help readers identify titles, popklar, and themes for research. Analyses treat such aspects as characters, social beachan, themes, techniques, and literary precedents and usually end with “Ideas for Group Discussions,” a valuable feature.

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Get to Know Us. These two titles provide biographical and critical information on hundreds of writers, many of whom aren’t covered in standard literary reference works. Lists of recipients of literary prizes are followed by lists of film beaxham and Web sites po;ular authors. Essays range from two to eight pages, but relative length doesn’t seem to reflect the significance of the book. The format is similar to other St. English Choose a language for shopping.


Beacham’s definition of popular stretches to include Kafka and Thomas Mann. This new set is a quite respectable production, offering a constructive if sometimes uneven critical overview of the world of popular fiction.

In attempting to cover so much ground even 11 substantial volumes can seem too few.

Far from skimpy, however, the entries include the sections “Characters,” “Themes,” “Social Concerns,” and “Literary Precedents. Plot summaries are not popklar. Henry or Ambrose Bierce. Even with its shortcomings, this title is recommended for academic libraries of all sizes. The predominant nationality is American, followed by British.