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Chambers Dictionary of Literary Characters gives up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of the characters of the classics to the main figures in popular contemporary literature.
Over 6,500 entries provide a guide to the wealth of characters created by writers in English from the Wife of Bath to Bertie Wooster, and Tom Sawyer to Harry Potter. Written by experts, the dictionary also includes concise biographies of authors and a list of literary awards.
These are just some of the influential authors and playwrights represented in the dictionary: Edward Albee, Jane Austen, J M Coetzee, Jim Crace, Charles Dickens, William Faulkner, Jonathan Franzen, Mark Haddon, Joseph Heller, A L Kennedy, Toni Morrison, D B C Pierre, Annie Proulx, Philip Pullman, William Shakespeare, Zadie Smith, Tom Stoppard, Donna Tartt, John Updike, Evelyn Waugh and Irvine Welsh.
The dictionary also include 8 essays on key topics in literature: The Characters of Charles Dickens, The Detective in Fiction, The Ghost in Fiction, Literary Sidekicks, Diarists in Literature, The Angry Young Man, The Characters of William Shakespeare and Literary Drinkers.
849 pages; ISBN 9780550104618
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