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Encyclopedia of adventure fiction.


Encyclopedia of adventure fiction.

D'Ammassa, Don.

Facts On File, Inc.


306 pages



Literary movements


As with any such compilation, this encyclopedia contains many "adventure novels" that are generally agreed to be classics: Treasure Island, The Count of Monte Cristo and Beau Geste, for instance. However, D'Ammassa includes many books that, while fine, do not seem to come under the category of adventure, or only loosely so, such as The Wizard of Oz. Each novel entry includes a synopsis of the book and a critical analysis. Authors are introduced in terms of a body of work, also critiqued. There are sections on subgenres, such as Arthurian literature, science fiction and children's adventure series. The author's choices are highly idiosyncratic and heavily slanted to male writers although some women are mentioned within the sub-genres. D'Ammassa mentions that few contemporary writers are included because they haven't yet stood the test of time.

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