A Jane Austen encyclopedia / Paul Poplawski.

By: Poplawski, PaulMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, c1998Description: xii, 411 p. : ill., map ; 25 cmISBN: 0313300178 (alk. paper); 9780313300172 (alk. paper)Subject(s): Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Encyclopedias | Novelists, English -- 19th century -- Biography -- Encyclopedias | Women and literature -- England -- History -- 19th century -- Encyclopedias | Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Bibliography | Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- ChronologyAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Jane Austen encyclopedia.; Online version:: Jane Austen encyclopedia.DDC classification: 823/.7 LOC classification: PR4036 | .A28 1998Other classification: 18.05 Review: "Perhaps the first modern novelist, Jane Austen (1775-1817) has left an indelible mark on the world of letters. This reference book is an accurate, comprehensive, and detailed guide to her life and works. The chronologies that begin the volume outline the principal events in her life and place her works within larger historical and literary contexts. The hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries that follow identify characters, discuss works and themes, and synthesize the vast body of criticism devoted to her writings. The volume concludes with extensive bibliographies of works by and about Austen."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [331]-394) and index.

"Perhaps the first modern novelist, Jane Austen (1775-1817) has left an indelible mark on the world of letters. This reference book is an accurate, comprehensive, and detailed guide to her life and works. The chronologies that begin the volume outline the principal events in her life and place her works within larger historical and literary contexts. The hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries that follow identify characters, discuss works and themes, and synthesize the vast body of criticism devoted to her writings. The volume concludes with extensive bibliographies of works by and about Austen."--BOOK JACKET.

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Library Journal Review

This superb reference examines Austen's life, her work, and the body of criticism about both. The biographical sections consist of three chronological listings. They trace her life and literary development (with a map of key locations and a genealogical chart of the Austen family), the social and historical era in which Austen lived (with sketches of period costumes and methods of transportation), and the literary world in which she is embedded (including notes on books Austen read or knew). The heart of the encyclopedia is an alphabetical listing of extensive entries on her works, characters, plots, themes, and critical reception. This section addresses all of Austen's texts, be they juvenilia, minor works, or major novels. The work's final section, a three-part bibliography, lists all of Austen's works (with publication history and all scholarly editions); critical books on Austen published up to 1996 (presented in standard bibliography format and also in chronological order so that the development of Austen studies can be traced), and selected essays and articles. While there are many works on Austen and several good reference books on her work, most notably The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen (Cambridge Univ., 1997) and David Grey's The Jane Austen Companion (Macmillian, 1986), this work is unique in its scope and in its integration of biographical, literary, and critical contexts. The straightforward style and wealth of information makes this work highly suitable for public libraries, but D.H. Lawrence scholar Poplawski (Trinity Coll.) has created an encyclopedia that is a boon to Austen scholars, making this an essential purchase for all academic libraries.‘Neal Wyatt, Chesterfield Cty. P.L., VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-In clear, easy-to-read language, Poplawski examines the life, works, characters, and minutiae of Austeniana. The alphabetically arranged entries include extensive plot summaries that end with lists of major and minor characters, brief character descriptions, and short articles on the author's family and friends. There is a year-by-year (sometimes month-by-month) chronology of Austen's life and works, a chronology of historical events (1750-1820), and three comprehensive bibliographies (the writer's works, books of criticism, and essays). The index includes not only characters and titles, but also themes, concerns, and keywords found in her novels. A map of Austen's England, a family tree, and several pages of black-and-white photos and reproductions showing fashions, modes of transportation, etc., are also included. An invaluable tool for Austen scholars and fans, this book will also prove a treasure trove, almost a Baedeker of sorts, to the young literary tourists approaching Mansfield Park for the first time.-Herman Sutter, Saint Pius X High School, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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PAUL POPLAWSKI is Director of Studies at Vaughan College, University of Leicester. He has taught widely in 19th and 20th century literature and specializes in D. H. Lawrence, Modernism, and Jane Austen. He recently published a revised 3rd edition of Warren Robets' A Bibliography of D. H. Lawrence (2001). He is also the author of D. H. Lawrence: A Reference Companion (Greenwood, 1996), and A Jane Austen Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 1998), and editor of Writing the Body in D. H. Lawrence (Greenwood, 2001).

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