By M. H. Abrams, Geoffrey Galt Harpham
Publish yr note: First released in 2005
First released fifty years in the past, A word list of Literary Terms continues to be a vital textual content for all critical scholars of literature. Now totally up to date to mirror the most recent scholarship on contemporary and swiftly evolving serious theories, the tenth edition includes a whole thesaurus of crucial literary phrases provided as a sequence of enticing essays that discover the phrases, position them in context, and recommend comparable entries and extra examining.
This critical, authoritative, and hugely cheap reference covers phrases worthwhile in discussing literature and literary heritage, conception, and feedback. excellent as a center textual content for introductory literary concept or as a complement to any literature path, this vintage paintings is a useful reference that scholars can proceed to take advantage of all through their educational careers.
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The most famed surviving example is the Parallel Lives of Greek and Roman notables by the Greek writer Plutarch, c. AD 46–120; in the translation by Sir Thomas North in 1579, it was the source of Shakespeare’s plays on Roman subjects. Medieval authors wrote generalized chronicles of the deeds of a king, as well as hagiographies: the stylized lives of Christian saints, often based more on pious legends than on fact. In England, the fairly detailed secular biography appeared in the seventeenth century; the most distinguished instance is Izaak Walton’s Lives (including short biographies of the poets John Donne and George Herbert), written between 1640 and 1678.