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Encyclopedia of Television

Horace Newcomb, editor. Hb; 3 volumes; 81/2 x 11; 2500 pages; illustrated. SET: 1-884964-26-5 $375.00. Published.

". . .by far the most exhaustive work of its kind. . ." - Los Angeles Times

". . . a major step forward in television scholarship, one that will certainly become the standard television reference work of first record for many years to come" - Television Quarterly

"The content is international and diverse. A must-have for anyone with an interest in television." - New Scientist

"The lofty aims of this work are well and truly achieved: it belongs in any general reference collection, and certainly in any academic library whose institution has a media studies course." - Reference Reviews

"Most of the 1,000 lengthy essays contain bibliographies and superb photographs. These bibliographies and the length and academic nature of the essays distinguish this encyclopedia from Les Brown's Encyclopedia of Television. The list of contributors reads like a who's who of television pundits. . . . Given its size and scope, the price is reasonable. Highly recommended for reference collections at all academic levels." - Choice

"This is the first encyclopedia of television to take a scholarly, analytical look at the medium and to integrate its many aspects. . . . anyone who wants to understand the significance of television will need to turn to this encyclopedia as a starting point." - Rettig on Reference

"It's an important addition to television collections in public libraries, schools, and undergraduate programs in academic libraries." - Reference Books Bulletin

"Given its scope and the obvious effort put into producing this work its price is not unreasonable. Recommended for mass communication and popular-culture collections in academic libraries and for larger public libraries where the price would not be prohibitive." - Reference Quarterly

". . . admirable. . . . elegant. . . . contains no glaring omissions. . . . This set is a must for reference libraries, but it also affords the casual reader much pleasure." - American Reference Books Annual

For nearly fifty years television has been at the center of world culture. The Encyclopedia of Television is the first major reference work to provide description, history, analysis, and information on more than 1100 subjects related to television in its international context. The focus of the materials is on television in the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia; twenty essays offer historical and descriptive discussions of television in other countries and regions around the world. More than 300 critics and scholars of television provide illustrated essays treating Programs, People, and Topics.