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The Book of Literary Terms

The Genres of Fiction, Drama, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism, and Scholarship
Second Edition
By Lewis Turco



The much-anticipated second edition of The Book of Literary Terms features new examples and terms to enhance Turco’s classic guide that students and scholars have relied on over the years as a definitive resource for the definitions of the major terms, forms, and styles of literature. Chapters covering fiction, drama, nonfiction, and literary criticism and scholarship offer readers a comprehensive guide to all forms of prose and their many sub-genres.

From “Utopian novel,” “videotape,” and “yellow journalism” to “kabuki play,” “Personalism,” and “Poststructuralism,” this book is a valuable reference offering an extensive world of knowledge. Every teacher, student, critic, and general lover of literature should be sure to add The Book of Literary Terms to their library.

Contributor Bios
Lewis Turco is an emeritus professor and the founding director of the Program in Writing Arts at SUNY–Oswego and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. An award-winning author, Turco has published twenty-one collections of poetry and nonfiction, including The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Fifth Edition, and The Book of Dialogue: How to Write Effective Conversation in Fiction, Screenplays, Drama, and Poetry.