Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction
by Kristin Ramsdell, Editor
September 2018, 466pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-33572-3
$94, 79€, A135
eBook Available: 978-0-313-05405-1
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Popular romance fiction regularly accounts for more than $1 billion in yearly sales and 34 percent of the U.S. fiction market, according to the most recent data.

As the first encyclopedia solely devoted to the popular romance fiction genre, this resource provides a wealth of information on all aspects of the subject.

Romance fiction accounts for a large share of book sales each year, and contrary to popular belief, not all of its readers are women: roughly 16 percent are men. This enormously popular genre continues to captivate people reading for pleasure, and it also commands a growing amount of academic interest.

Included are alphabetically arranged reference entries on significant authors along with works, themes, and other topics. The articles are written by scholars, librarians, and industry professionals with a deep knowledge of the genre and so provide a thorough understanding of the subject. An index provides easy access to information within the entries, and bibliographies at the end of each entry, a general bibliography, and a suggested romance reading list allow for further study of the genre.


  • Provides the basics about authors, works, themes, and other topics related to romance fiction using alphabetically arranged reference entries
  • Offers suggestions for further reading and other works of romance fiction via reading list
  • Written by contributors who are scholars, librarians, and industry experts with broad knowledge of the genre
Kristin Ramsdell is librarian emerita at California State University, East Bay. She is author of Romance Fiction: A Guide to the Genre and its predecessor Happily Ever After: A Guide to Reading Interests in Romance fiction; romance columnist for Library Journal; and editor of the romance section of What Do I Read Next?: A Reader's Guide to Current Genre Fiction. In 1996 she received the Romance Writers of America Librarian of the Year Award.


"What makes this single volume stand out is the range of scholarly issues (feminism, cultural issues) addressed in accessible language with clearly cited sources. . . . This will be a welcome addition to any reference collection, but it is essential to those that serve students of literature and women's studies."—Booklist, August 28, 2018

"Librarians, literary and popular culture students and scholars, and genre devotees will appreciate this well-written, well-edited volume of diverse recommendations."—Library Journal, December 1, 2018

"This is a must have for public libraries and colleges and universities with creative writing programs."—ARBA, February 4, 2019
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