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The Encyclopedia of British Literature: 1660 - 1789, 3 Volume Set




The Encyclopedia of British Literature: 1660 - 1789, 3 Volume Set

Gary Day (Editor), Jack Lynch (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-33020-5 February 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 1528 Pages


  • Provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the poetry, drama, fiction, and literary and cultural criticism produced from the Restoration of the English monarchy to the onset of the French Revolution
  • Comprises over 340 entries arranged in A-Z format across three fully indexed and cross-referenced volumes
  • Written by an international team of leading and emerging scholars
  • Features an impressive scope and range of subjects: from courtship and circulating libraries, to the works of Samuel Johnson and Sarah Scott
  • Includes coverage of both canonical and lesser-known authors, as well as entries addressing gender, sexuality, and other topics that have previously been underrepresented in traditional scholarship
  • Represents the most comprehensive resource available on this period, and an indispensable guide to the rich diversity of British writing that ushered in the modern literary era

3 Volumes

Alphabetical List of Entries  vii

Th ematic List of Entries xii

Associate Editors xvii

List of Contributors xix

Introduction xxv

Encyclopedia of British Literature A–El 1–446

Volume II Encyclopedia of British Literature Em–Q 447–964

Volume III Encyclopedia of British Literature R–Y 965–1383

Name Index 1384

Subject Index 1426

“The general editors are to be commended for this substantial addition to the reference works on British literature in the period 1660–1789.”  (Notes and Queries, 4 December 2016)

“The entries are clearly written, well-sourced and cross-referenced with related entries from the encyclopedia’s three volumes. As the only stand-alone encyclopedia dedicated solely to eighteenth-century British literature, the Encyclopedia would be a useful addition to academic libraries supporting English studies in the period, though the price may be prohibitive for many smaller programmes.”  (Reference Reviews, 1 October 2015)

"Comprehensive in its approach, this reference set is intended as "a starting point for more in-depth investigations." Accessible writing and ease of use make this a worthwhile addition to college and university libraries supporting introductory level literature courses." (Choice 2016)