Edited by Margaret Drabble and Jenny Stringer
Based on the immensely popular fifth edition of the Oxford Companion to English Literature this is an indispensable, compact guide to the central matter of English literature.
There are more than 5,000 entries on the lives and works of authors, poets, playwrights, essayists, philosophers, and historians; plot summaries of novels and plays; literary movements; fictional characters; legends; theatres; periodicals; and much more.
The book's sharpened focus on the English literature of the British Isles makes it especially convenient to use, but there is still generous coverage of the literature of other countries and of other disciplines which have influenced or been influenced by English literature.
From reviews of The Oxford Companion to English Literature:
'a book which one turns to with constant pleasure ... a book with much style and little prejudice' Iain Gilchrist, TLS
'it is quite difficult to imagine, in this genre, a more useful publication' Frank Kermode, London Review of Books
'incarnates a living sense of tradition... sensitive not to fashion merely but to the spirit of the age' Christopher Ricks, Sunday Times