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The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature Hardcover – 1 Jul 1984

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  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (1 July 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192115820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192115829
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 700,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Humphrey Carpenter's books include biographies of J. R. R. Tolkien, W. H. Auden, C. S. Lewis, Ezra Pound, and Benjamin Britten. He is the author of the popular Mr. Majeika series of stories for children. Mari Prichard has worked as a broadcaster and teacher, and is now a local government education officer. She and Humphrey Carpenter were married in 1973 and have two daughters. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent reference book for parents, teachers and students of children's literature. It is straightforwrad to use and gives clear information about authors, their works and the history of children's literature. If you only have one reference book about children's literature this is the one to buy.
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Format: Hardcover
This never worked for me, being insufficiently comprehensive even for 1984. The Cambridge Companion of 2009 I confess I'm not familiar with, but I'm very fond of others in the series. I tend to use Anita Silvey's inevitably America-biased Children's Books and their Creators (1995) supplementing its historical deficiencies with Brian Doyle's never-surpassed 1968 Who's Who; for more modern times Silvey mostly delivers. Not ideal, maybe - but fun!
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This is a really useful reference book if you are interested in children's literature. Would recommend it for parents of young children or teachers.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9cf7d5e8) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x9cf2c180) out of 5 stars A Well Written Reference Work, mostly. 21 Feb. 2001
By Will Swinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a good book for fan's of Children's Literature, and it is definitely worth having, but it is not the absolute best. While reading this book keep in my mind that Carpenter puts in a great deal of his own opinion, and not what is neccesarily the general opinion in literary circles. (On a side note, it is my opinion that Carpenter's biography of Tolkien, a seperate book, is the difinitive Tolkien Bio and a must for all Tolkien fans.) But as I said in the title it is a well written work and worth having. So, if your favorite authors include C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Madeleine L'Engle, Beatrix Potter, E. Nesbit, George MacDonald and many more besides I would advise getting this book. For this same subject I also highly reccomend The Encylopedia of Fantasy and The Encylopedia of Sciene Fiction.
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By wells guo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
it has been a long time for me to looking for the good and cheap professional book, and i got it.
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