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A Dictionary of Literary Symbols

Details

  • Page extent: 274 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.56 kg

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  • LC Subject headings:
    • Symbolism in literature--Dictionaries

Library of Congress Record

Paperback

 (ISBN-13: 9780521690546)

This is the first dictionary of symbols to be based on literature, rather than 'universal' psychological archetypes or myths. It explains and illustrates the literary symbols that we all frequently encounter (such as swan, rose, moon, gold), and gives hundreds of cross-references and quotations. The dictionary concentrates on English literature, but its entries range widely from the Bible and classical authors to the twentieth century, taking in American and European literatures. For this new edition, Michael Ferber has included over twenty completely new entries (including bear, holly, sunflower and tower), and has added to many of the existing entries. Enlarged and enriched from the first edition, its informed style and rich references make this book an essential tool not only for literary and classical scholars, but for all students of literature.

• A helpful and unique dictionary explaining and illustrating traditional symbols used in literature • Enlarged by about 15% from the first edition, with many new entries including BEAR, DAISY, HOLLY, SUNFLOWER and TOWER • Essential for all students and scholars of literature

Contents

Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; Dictionary; Authors cited; Bibliography.

Review

'Unlike many other dictionaries, this one is well written and invites browsing. … Essential for all libraries.' International Review of Biblical Studies

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