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Literature Lover's Book of Lists: Serious Trivia for the Bibliophile (J-B Ed: Hands On) [Paperback]

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15 Sep 1999 0735201218 978-0735201217 1
This fascinating compendium of hundreds of lists providing thousands of interesting and entertaining facts, terms and trivia about literature, related to genres, literary periods, themes, authors, characters and awards.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (15 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735201218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735201217
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 17.8 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,352,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wonderful for browsing, and invaluable for finding specific information, Literature Lovers Book of Lists is a compendium of useful and sometimes whimsical information for anyone who loves books and loves to read, at any age or reading level. It is organized into nine sections and provides nearly 200 lists relating to genres, authors, characters and settings, awards, literary terms with their definitions and much more. There are even lists of books of prose and poetry available on audiocassettes. If it has to do with literature, this book has the answers. What book has had the longest run on The New York Times best–seller list? Who is the only four–time winner of the Pulitizer Prize for drama? What is the complete list of Shakespeare′s plays and poems? Who are some of the most notable African American authors? What are the three main variations of the sonnet? What famous writers belonged to The Bloomsbury Group? Literature Lovers Book of Lists is both exciting and informative at the same time.

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Compiled from material by Judie L.H. Strouf, an educator and author of numerous teacher resources, including Intermediate Teacher's Book of Instant Word Games.

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LITERATURE IS... 1. a pleasure which arises not only from the things said, but from the way in which they are said; and that pleasure is only given when the words are carefully or beautifully put together into sentences Read the first page
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One big mistake in this book 28 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Where it refers to the book Moon in Water by Pamella Belle on page 70 as a story set in Elizabethan times, it's wrong. It's set in Charles I's reign, the Civil War and its aftermath after Charles overthrow and his execution.
I haven't read The Literature Lover's Book of Lists but I thought I would point this out to potential readers of this book as a 'reliable information' source. If it can't get the period right at least on one of the books then I don't think it's worth more than 2 stars. I noticed this mistake on line.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too lighweight to be of any use to a bibliophile 18 May 2001
By Mark Hornberger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book would've been a "find" if I were in my early teens, but for any adult who considers themselves a bibliophile, this book is just too lightweight. Yes, it is about books and literature, but the coverage is extremely shallow. I would consider this to be something like the Reader's Digest Condensed Books form of Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia. Buy that work instead of you're looking for a good reference work on literature.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time 31 Aug 2000
By Marcy L. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was sadly disappointed in this book, especially since it got such glowing reviews from other Amazon readers. I found the book to be full of stuff I already knew, and worse, to be self-congratulatory to an almost offensive degree.
My biggest complaint was that lists were sometimes incomplete, but purported to be complete. I like my reference books to be reliable, and I did not find this to be completely dependable. (My theory is that if the things I know for sure are not accurately reported, then it is unlikely that the things I do not know are completely correct. However, I can't tell which "new facts" are wrong, so I can't believe any of them.)
All told, I did not find this book to be worth keeping. (And I *love* boks of lists.)
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Initiated 22 Jan 2001
By C.S.R.G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For those unfamiliar with literature and literary devices, authors through the ages, or nobel laureates, this book provides a good basic research resource. However, billing it as the perfect tome for "Literature Lovers" is misleading at best. Those already familiar with the study of literature will waste time and money on this book. It is far too basic to be helpful to the literary student. I found no information in it helpful or new. The book is merely a compendium of information available elsewhere, in far more worthwhile venues, such as an Freshman lit. class.
Furthermore, it is stereotypically slanted toward the male Euro-centric canon. This book of leave women and minorities out of its lists.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly comprehensive and useful. 27 Jun 2000
By K. Denny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a must-have resource item for anyone who reads, and would be incredibly useful for teachers, students, booksellers, and ANYONE who comes in contact with books. Strouf offers info on poetry, plays, journalism, classics, contemporary fiction and nonfiction, fables, Shakespeare, literature references, and so much more. It's all arranged in a perfectly easy format and style for reading straight through, or for browsing, or for looking up specific information on just about anything that's ever been put into a book. This is definitely the most useful resource tool I've come across for understanding and enjoying the written word. There are a few typos that are mildly distracting, but the phenomenal wealth of information contained in this book really make it a something that you will go back to again and again. Buy four copies - one for yourself, one for your reader/friend, and especially one for any student about to enter middle school, high school, or college. (That's three, but I guarantee that you'll find someone else in your life who absolutely has to have this book once they see yours!)
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Handy, but not overwhelmingly impressive 1 Jun 2001
By E. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is an interesting book - there are a few intriguing lists in here. However, some of them seem a bit arbitrary. It's not overwhelmingly easy to use, either. If you're looking for a very academic book about books, don't get this one. If, on the other hand, you want a general refrence on reading and books, or are looking for reading lists and don't know where to find them, try this out. Don't expect too much.
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