Merriam - Webster, 1,248 pages, $39.95.
This splendidly comprehensive reference book runs from Aakjaer to Zweig and from Gilgamesh to the present. It includes literary terms, old gods, titles, characters, and the kind of authors who cannot be found in a standard encyclopedia except by reading the entire entry on the literature and history of Atlantis or Shangri-La. The text does not include references for further research. One cannot expect everything in 1,248 pages.
—by Phoebe-Lou Adams