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This is the first dictionary of symbols to be based on literature, rather than "universal" pyschological archetypes, myths or esoterica. Michael Ferber has assembled nearly two hundred main entries clearly explaining and illustrating the literary symbols that we all encounter (such as swan, rose, moon, gold), along with 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. Its informed style and rich references will make this book an essential tool not only for literary and classical scholars, but for all students of literature.Read more
- First dictionary of symbols to be based on literary evidence, rather than universal archetypes or myths
- Concentrates on the biblical and classical inheritance of English literature, but cites American and European literatures too
- Plentiful quotations, cross-references and bibliographical material
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"Rich in detail...students, in particular, and other serious readers of poetry, should find the work very useful." Frank KermodeSee more reviews
"This book, the first of its kind and long overdue, describes used over many years by many authors. The description are impressive....this scholarly work is highly recommended for all students of American and English literature faced with writing papers where they are expected to expound upon the symbolism found in a given poem or story. This work will also be a valuable resource for literary scholars and practicing writers." Lois Gilmer, Choice
"The volume's rich content, ranging from 'absinthe' and 'adder' to 'zephyr' and 'zodiac,' will prove useful and engaging to any student of literature and to general readers." Choice
"Ranging widely in classic and modern authors for examples, Ferber packages his information in brilliant, brief essays." Providence, RI Journal
"Readers, whether novice or erudite, who consult I^Dictionary of Literary Symbols for such symbols as rose, dolphin, labyrinth, swallow, or worm will come away with their understanding enriched by the judicious, informative, and readable explanations." Literary Research Guide
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- Date Published: December 2004
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511059568
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