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The Book of Literary Terms
The Genres of Fiction, Drama, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism, and Scholarship
Lewis Turco




UPNE
1999 • 236 pp. 1 Fig. 5 x 7 1/2"
Creative Writing / Reference & Bibliography

$22.95 Paperback, 978-0-87451-955-6



“Not merely the list of literary terms the title implies, but a handbook that combines Anglo-American literary terminology with explanatory brief essays and precise... [continued in Reviews below]”—Choice

An expert's indispensable guide to English letters and the writing arts.

The best-selling author of The Book of Forms -- now in a third edition -- has created the same codification and systematization for all nonfiction forms of writing, and for all forms of fiction other than poetry. In The Book of Literary Terms, Lewis Turco provides a comprehensive guide to, and definitions of all significant terms, forms, and styles in all genres of literature except poetry. For each, all sub-genres and their historical examples are described and defined, all significant terms explicated, and all important styles represented.

Wonderful for browsing as well as for reference, it is a book for students and teachers of all genres of literature, for serious general readers of literature, and for writers and critics. Turco writes in an authoritative yet engaging manner, providing endless unsuspected opportunities and avenues for readers to explore.

From abecedarius, Bardolatry, cliffhanger, docudrama, epistle, foreshadowing, gagline, hypallage, invective, jestbook, kabuki play, litotes, and muckraker, to non sequitur, one-liner, pulp fiction, quartet, recognition scene, spoonerism, triple-decker, Utopian novel, videotape, writing surfaces, yellow journalism, and zeugma, and including everything in-between, it's all there in The Book of Literary Terms.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Not merely the list of literary terms the title implies, but a handbook that combines Anglo-American literary terminology with explanatory brief essays and precise examples that guide scholars, students, and neophytes to a better understanding of the subjects treated . . . Used as a reference work in undergraduate survey courses or as a desk reference for serious scholars it would be highly effective . . . highly recommended.”—Choice



LEWIS TURCO is Emeritus Professor of English and past Director of the Program in Writing Arts at State University of New York, Oswego. A prolific award-winning author, he has published 21 collections of his own poems, including The Shifting Web: New and Selected Poems (1989), and a book of literary criticism, Visions and Revisions of American Poetry (1986). His poetry, fiction, drama, and essays have appeared in most literary magazines, and in over 100 books, most recently in Washburn and Major's World Poetry.



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