Review by Choice Review
This is a handsome updating of the second edition (The Oxford Illustrated Literary Guide to Great Britain and Ireland, comp. and ed. by D. Eagle and H. Carnell, 1992), adding references to 300 writers, including some still alive--a departure from previous editions. All entries are geographical and refer either to biographical aspects of writers' lives or places made famous in works of literature. The guide is divided into nine regions, with an index of writers and places to help zero in on a desired place. Most entries are quite short, but the more important places, such as Dublin, have extensive entries and even maps. Color illustrations among the more numerous black-and-white ones enhance the volume, though its weight, size, and minuteness of type would make it an undesirable traveling companion for all but the most determined. It is, however, an excellent companion for students of literature needing information about the literary nature of places in Britain and Ireland. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty/researchers. W. Miller Florida Atlantic University
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