Handbook of American Popular Literature (Hardback)
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Handbook of American Popular Literature (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages / Published: 07/09/1988
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[The] essays are generally very well done, providing excellent and succinct overviews of such areas as Westerns, detective novels, comic books, and writing for children and young adults. Library Journal On the whole the essays are informative and analytical. The bibliographies range from two pages for the children's series, 'Big Little Books,' to 11 pages for 'Detective and Mystery Novels' and contain material published as early as 1856 as well as material published in 1987, so coverage for the purposes of scholarly research is broad. Reference Books Bulletin This collection of bibliographic essays is designed to serve as a reference to the existing commentary and scholarship on the main forms of past and present popular literature. It consists of essays on many of the popular genres including detective and mystery novels, Westerns, science fiction, romance and gothic novels, comic books, and writing for children and young adults. Each essay surveys the historic development of the genre and presents a critical guide to the reference works on the subject. Also included are a discussion of research centers and collections of primary and secondary materials, an evaluative overview of criticism on the subject, and a checklist of works cited and journals in the field. This is the first volume to provide bibliographic access to information about the major forms of popular literature in the United States. Increasing reader demand for these popular genres and the growing trend whereby writers of serious fiction are 'crossing over' into science fiction, murder mysteries, and other popular forms are making it increasingly difficult to distinguish between serious and popular literature. Accordingly, the growing appeal of popular fiction is best understood when placed within the larger context of American literature and culture.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313254055
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 766 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 23 mm


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"If the Handbook of American Popular Culture, ed. by M. Thomas Inge has received any use at all in a library, the purchase of this work can be justified. Its 15 bibliographic essays cover some of the main forms of popular literature of the past and present" from detective and mystery novels to children's literature to westerns. Each essay is written by an authority in the field; ten essays have been revised/updated from Inge's earlier handbook and five essays are new to this volume--those on big little books, comic books, fantasy, popular history and biography, and young adult fiction. Following primarily the same format for each topic as before (historic outline, reference works, research collections, history and criticism, bibliography, periodicals), Inge and the other contributors deliver a needed work to the important field of popular culture. Useful to the scholar of the discipline and interesting to the person who reads and enjoys the kinds of literature treated here. For academic and large public libraries."-Choice
." . . Inge's survey is broad, current and very readable, and should be part of most library collections and on the shelves of anyone interested in popular literature and culture."-Science Fiction & Fantasy
"The editor knows the territory and its natives from way back. In fact, ten of the fifteen essays are revised as well as updated from their earlier appearance in the three-volume History of American Popular Culture that he engineered almost a decade ago. He always makes his collaborators keep both readability and useful bibliography in mind. This guide will make it hard for competitors to cut in on a steadily growing field."-American Literature
"[The] essays are generally very well done, providing excellent and succinct overviews of such areas as Westerns, detective novels, comic books, and writing for children and young adults. Library Journal "Designed to provide access to the body of existing commentary and scholarship on several of the main forms of popular literature of the past and present, ' this work contains 15 bibliographic essays covering such topics as Comic Books, ' Detective and Mystery Novels, ' Gothic Novels, ' Pulp and Dime Novels, ' Verse and Popular Poetry, ' and Young Adult Fiction.' Ten of the essays were first published in Handbook of American Popular Culture (Greenwood, 1978), also edited by Inge. They have been substantially revised for this new work. . . . On the whole the essays are informative and analytical. . ."-Reference Books Bulletin
" The essays are generally very well done, providing excellent and succinct overviews of such areas as Westerns, detective novels, comic books, and writing for children and young adults. Library Journal "Designed to provide access to the body of existing commentary and scholarship on several of the main forms of popular literature of the past and present, ' this work contains 15 bibliographic essays covering such topics as Comic Books, ' Detective and Mystery Novels, ' Gothic Novels, ' Pulp and Dime Novels, ' Verse and Popular Poetry, ' and Young Adult Fiction.' Ten of the essays were first published in Handbook of American Popular Culture (Greenwood, 1978), also edited by Inge. They have been substantially revised for this new work. . . . On the whole the essays are informative and analytical. . ."-Reference Books Bulletin
?. . . Inge's survey is broad, current and very readable, and should be part of most library collections and on the shelves of anyone interested in popular literature and culture.?-Science Fiction & Fantasy
?The editor knows the territory and its natives from way back. In fact, ten of the fifteen essays are revised as well as updated from their earlier appearance in the three-volume History of American Popular Culture that he engineered almost a decade ago. He always makes his collaborators keep both readability and useful bibliography in mind. This guide will make it hard for competitors to cut in on a steadily growing field.?-American Literature
?[The] essays are generally very well done, providing excellent and succinct overviews of such areas as Westerns, detective novels, comic books, and writing for children and young adults. Library Journal "Designed to provide access to the body of existing commentary and scholarship on several of the main forms of popular literature of the past and present, ' this work contains 15 bibliographic essays covering such topics as Comic Books, ' Detective and Mystery Novels, ' Gothic Novels, ' Pulp and Dime Novels, ' Verse and Popular Poetry, ' and Young Adult Fiction.' Ten of the essays were first published in Handbook of American Popular Culture (Greenwood, 1978), also edited by Inge. They have been substantially revised for this new work. . . . On the whole the essays are informative and analytical. . .?-Reference Books Bulletin
?If the Handbook of American Popular Culture, ed. by M. Thomas Inge has received any use at all in a library, the purchase of this work can be justified. Its 15 bibliographic essays cover some of the main forms of popular literature of the past and present" from detective and mystery novels to children's literature to westerns. Each essay is written by an authority in the field; ten essays have been revised/updated from Inge's earlier handbook and five essays are new to this volume--those on big little books, comic books, fantasy, popular history and biography, and young adult fiction. Following primarily the same format for each topic as before (historic outline, reference works, research collections, history and criticism, bibliography, periodicals), Inge and the other contributors deliver a needed work to the important field of popular culture. Useful to the scholar of the discipline and interesting to the person who reads and enjoys the kinds of literature treated here. For academic and large public libraries.?-Choice

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