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Who Wrote What?: A Dictionary of Writers and Their Works [Paperback]

Michael Cox
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25 July 2002
Who wrote Peyton Place? Was Animal Farm published before or after Nineteen Eighty-Four? Find out quickly who wrote what book with the help of this reference guide to writers and their works. Covering over 25,000 works of British, American, and European literature from 1475 to the present day, this indispensable reference book offers readers two ways to access information on an author or book title, thanks to its easy-to-use cross-referencing system of alphabetically arranged sections. Over 3,000 authors are listed by surname in the Author Index, allowing readers to find birth-dates, death-dates, and lists of their published works with publication dates and genre, all at a glance. All the books cited in the Author Index are listed in alphabetical order in the Title Index, allowing readers to identify an author of a work if they know only the title. Covering poetry, drama, and non-fiction, as well as novels and short stories, this reference book will prove invaluable to anybody answering questions on authorship.

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  • Paperback: 634 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Subsequent edition (25 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198605382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198605386
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Cox is Senior Commissioning Editor, Reference Books, at OUP and is the compiler of The Oxford Chronology of English Literature. His previous books for the Press include The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories and The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories (both with R.A. Gilbert); VictorianDetective Stories: An Oxford Anthology; and The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century Ghost Stories.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A boon for all who like to know their stuff.... 13 Dec 2006
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OK, so the books is basically two lists. One of Authors with their 'significant' works listed, and the other an alphabetical list of aforsaid works.

If this sounds like dullsville to you, then stop reading now. This book isn't for you.

If, on the other hand, you often find yourself, in the middle of convesation, unable to remember who wrote a particular book, then this volume is your man. OK, you could look it up on the internet, but sometimes a book is faster (and more impressive).

And, if you're of the inteligentasia persuasion, then it can make a great conversation piece, as well as settling some of the amiable 'disagreements' that often crop up in inteligent conversation.

It's well laid out, and, considering it's intended audience, reasonably priced.

Not a lot more can be said about it really.

Go on, you know you want it really....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable reference book. 12 April 2012
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Its a bit long in the tooth so recent publications are not listed. That said I find it an invaluable work of reference particularly for answers to the Telegraph GK crossword. Best in its field by far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars crossword reference 22 Sep 2011
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This book was a much needed replacement for one that was falling apart from so much use. I was delighted to find it.
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