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The Reader's Encyclopedia, Second Edition
The Reader's Encyclopedia Second Edition Author:William Rose Benet Brief but through descriptions of famous people, titles of books, stories, poems, plays, writers, composers of all ilkes, and literary terms not commonly found in a regular dictionary.
Sixth printing, 1969, so it is dated. However, it reaches back to events and people 300 years earlier so much of the info is historical, in any event.