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Erudition and scholarship,
This review is from: The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (Reference Books) (Paperback)
J. A. Cuddon's immense book on literary forms, genres, techniques and movements is an ambitious and successful attempt at opening up discussions on literature and is by no means meant to be the be all and end all on the subject.
Readers who have attacked this book for not including this or that writer, critic, technique or genre are missing the point: Cuddon wants discussion to continue on literary topics and is giving the reader some ideas to think about, discuss, fight against and play with.
This book is not meant to end discussion on literary issues but to open it out.