Longman Companion to Twentieth Century Literature - A. C. [Alfred Charles] WardLongman, 1970, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Price Clipped. Errata slip pasted to the reverse of the title page. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.
From the cover: “This Companion is designed as much for personal possession as a guide to home reading as for consultation in schools and colleges, public and institutional libraries, offices, and by journalists and other professional workers.
Arranged alphabetically throughout and fully cross-referenced, the contents comprise:
•Biographical and bibliographical entries on the great and many lesser writers of the present century, mainly English and Scottish but including also those Commonwealth (Australian, Canadian, Caribbean, New Zealand), African, American, French, German, Spanish, and Russian writers with an international reputation whose books have appeared in English editions.
• Articles on literary categories: Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Drama, Essays, Fiction, Poetry. Summaries of outstanding novels, plays, and other literary works.
• Fictional characters described and related to the books or plays in which they appear. Authors’ pseudonyms.
• Literary terms, topical phrases, and references and allusions to persons, institutions, and matters likely to arouse curiosity in the course of general reading.
• Advice for authors on the preparation and publication of manuscripts.
• Articles on Censorship, Copyright, Literary Societies, and other organizations.
• Each biographical entry appears under the writer’s pseudonym or preferred name, immediately followed by the full birthname and cross-referenced under the surname, thus enabling any author to be traced quickly in library and other catalogues.
Many authors are included whose works have given widespread pleasure, as well as those intellectually exacting and academically approved, and a few exceptions are made to the principle that only authors who lived into the present century qualify for inclusion. For example, though Gerard Manley Hopkins died in 1889 his work is of twentieth century adoption. Where an author’s works were substantially divided between this century and the last, only those published since 1900/1901 are included: Thomas Hardy’s poetry is noted but not his fiction, and only the final novels of Henry James. A few isolated works of earlier date appear if they have some topical interest.”