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A Dictionary of Literary Symbols


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A Dictionary of Literary Symbols
by Michael Ferber

Review
"Rich in detail...students, in particular, and other serious readers of poetry, should find the work very useful." Frank Kermode

"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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Description
This is the first dictionary of symbols to be based on literature, rather than 'universal' psychological archetypes or myths. It explains and illustrates the literary symbols that we all frequently encounter (such as swan, rose, moon, gold), and gives 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. For this new edition, Michael Ferber has included over twenty completely new entries (including bear, holly, sunflower and tower), and has added to many of the existing entries. Enlarged and enriched from the first edition, its informed style and rich references make this book an essential tool not only for literary and classical scholars, but for all students of literature.

Book Description
This second edition contains over twenty new entries, and additions to many existing entries. It explains and illustrates literary symbols frequently encountered (such as swan, rose, tower), along with hundreds of cross-references and quotations. An essential tool not only for literary and classical scholars, but for all students of literature.

About the Author
Michael Ferber is Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire.

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