Harvard University Press Reference Library

Harvard University Press has a long tradition of publishing distinguished reference works, including The Harvard Dictionary of Music, the Notable American Women series, and the multi-volume Dictionary of American Regional English. The Harvard University Press Reference Library was established to honor and extend this tradition. Among significant works in the series are: The Harvard Guide to African-American History, The New Harvard Guide to Women’s Health, Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World (winner of the Association of American Publishers Award for Excellence), and A New Literary History of America.

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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Cover: African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography, With a Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography, With a Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Danky, James P.
Hady, Maureen E.

The authentic voice of African-American culture is captured in this first comprehensive guide to a treasure trove of writings by and for a people, as found in sources in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. This bibliography contains over 6,000 entries.

Cover: Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World

Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World

Bowersock, G. W.
Brown, Peter
Grabar, Oleg

In eleven comprehensive essays and more than 500 encyclopedic entries, an international cast of experts provides the latest scholarship and fresh perspectives on the history and culture of late antiquity, an era marked by the rise of two world religions, unprecedented political upheavals that remade the map of the known world, and the creation of art of enduring glory. This intriguing era emerges completely and clearly, viewed from new vantage points, in a guide that will be enjoyed by scholars and general readers alike.

Cover: The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians

The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians

Randel, Don Michael

This compact guide to the history and performance of music is an authoritative reference work, offering definitions of musical terms; succinct characterizations of the various forms of musical composition; entries that identify individual operas, oratorios, symphonic poems, and other works; illustrated descriptions of instruments; and capsule summaries of the lives and careers of composers, performers, and theorists. Like its distinguished parent volumes, The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians provides clearly written information on all periods in music history, with particularly comprehensive coverage of the twentieth century.

Cover: Greek Thought: A Guide to Classical Knowledge

Greek Thought: A Guide to Classical Knowledge

Brunschwig, Jacques
Lloyd, Geoffrey E. R.
Porter, Catherine

Ancient Greek thought is the essential wellspring from which the intellectual, ethical, and political civilization of the West draws and to which, even today, we repeatedly return. In more than sixty essays by an international team of scholars, this volume explores the full breadth and reach of Greek thought—investigating what the Greeks knew as well as what they thought about what they knew, and what they believed, invented, and understood about the conditions and possibilities of knowing.

Cover: The Harvard Guide to African-American History: Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The Harvard Guide to African-American History: Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Higginbotham, Evelyn Brooks
Litwack, Leon F.
Hine, Darlene Clark

This landmark guide covers research into every aspect of African-American life and work, offering a compendium of information and interpretation about almost 400 years of African-Americans’s experiences as an ethnic group and as Americans. A companion CD-ROM packaged with the book makes more than 15,000 bibliography entries available for computer searching.

Cover: The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health

The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health

Carlson, Karen J.
Eisenstat, Stephanie A.
Ziporyn, Terra

This exhaustive resource offers information on everything from adolescent acne to menopause in the belief that better-informed women can have better partnerships with their physicians.

Cover: Religions of the Ancient World: A Guide

Religions of the Ancient World: A Guide

Johnston, Sarah Iles

Religious beliefs and practices, which permeated all aspects of life in antiquity, traveled well-worn routes throughout the Mediterranean. New gods encountered in foreign lands by merchants and conquerors were sometimes taken home to be adapted and adopted. A full understanding of this complex spiritual world unfolds in Religions of the Ancient World, the first basic reference work that collects and organizes available information to offer an expansive, comparative perspective.

Cover: The New Americans: A Guide to Immigration since 1965

The New Americans: A Guide to Immigration since 1965

Waters, Mary C.
Ueda, Reed

The United States has always been a nation of immigrants, shaped by successive waves of new arrivals. This comprehensive guide, edited and written by an interdisciplinary group of prominent scholars, provides an authoritative account of the most recent surge of immigrants. Based on the latest U.S. Census data and scholarly research, The New Americans is an essential reference for anyone curious about the changing face of America.

Cover: Keywords and Concepts in Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Keywords and Concepts in Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Hall, Brian K.
Olson, Wendy M.

Keywords and Concepts in Evolutionary Developmental Biology is the first comprehensive reference work for this expanding field. Covering more than fifty central terms and concepts in entries written by leading experts, it offers an overview of all that is embraced by this new subdiscipline of biology, providing the core insights and ideas that show how embryonic development relates to life-history evolution, adaptation, and responses to and integration with environmental factors.

Cover: A New History of German Literature

A New History of German Literature

Wellbery, David E.
Gumbrecht, Hans Ulrich
Kaes, Anton
Koerner, Joseph Leo
von Mücke, Dorothea E.

From the earliest magical charms and mythical sagas to the brilliance and desolation of 20th-century fiction, poetry, and film, this illuminating reference book invites readers to experience the full range of German literary culture and to investigate for themselves its disparate and unifying themes.

Cover: The Harvard Dictionary of Music: Fourth Edition

The Harvard Dictionary of Music: Fourth Edition

Randel, Don Michael

This classic reference work, the best one-volume music dictionary available, has been brought completely up to date in this new edition. Combining authoritative scholarship and lucid, lively prose, the Fourth Edition of The Harvard Dictionary of Music is the essential guide for musicians, students, and everyone who appreciates music.

Cover: The Tree of Life: A Phylogenetic Classification

The Tree of Life: A Phylogenetic Classification

Lecointre, Guillaume
Le Guyader, Hervé
McCoy, Karen

Did you know that you are more closely related to a mushroom than to a daisy? That dinosaurs are still among us? That the terms “fish” and “invertebrates” do not indicate scientific groupings? All this is the result of major changes in classification, whose methods have been totally revisited over the last thirty years. This book diagrams the tree of life according to the most recent methods of classification.

Cover: A New Literary History of America

A New Literary History of America

Marcus, Greil
Sollors, Werner

America is a nation making itself up as it goes along—a story of discovery and invention unfolding in speeches and images, letters and poetry, unprecedented feats of scholarship and imagination. In more than two hundred original essays, A New Literary History of America brings together the nation’s many voices. Please visit www.newliteraryhistory.com for more information.

Cover: The Classical Tradition

The Classical Tradition

Grafton, Anthony
Most, Glenn W.
Settis, Salvatore

The legacy of ancient Greece and Rome has been imitated, resisted, misunderstood, and reworked by every culture that followed. In this volume, some five hundred articles by a wide range of scholars investigate the afterlife of this rich heritage in the fields of literature, philosophy, art, architecture, history, politics, religion, and science. Arranged alphabetically from Academy to Zoology, the essays—designed and written to serve scholars, students, and the general reader alike—show how the Classical tradition has shaped human endeavors from art to government, mathematics to medicine, drama to urban planning, legal theory to popular culture.

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