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The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English

Author: Ian Ousby
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : New edView all editions and formats
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"Substantially enlarged and updated, this new edition of The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English confirms its status as the most authoritative survey of its subject now available in a single volume. Its coverage of novelists, poets, playwrights and their works embraces both the established classics of English literature and a wealth of contemporary figures from all over the English-speaking world, such as Saul  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bio-bibliography
Biography
Dictionaries
Biography Dictionaries
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Ousby
ISBN: 0521440866 9780521440868
OCLC Number: 27934869
Description: 1054 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Other Titles: Guide to Literature in English
Literature in English
Responsibility: [edited by] Ian Ousby ; Foreword by Doris Lessing.
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The most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of literature in English ever published. It covers all the major writers, worldwide, right up to the present day.  Read more...

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