This is the first dictionary of symbols to be based on literature, rather
than “universal” psychological 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.
MICHAEL FERBER is professor of English and Humanities at the
University of New Hampshire. His books include The Poetry of William
Blake (1991) and The Poetry of Shelley (1993).