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Re: Blues encyclopedia?
Any of those guides you mention will function adequately to give you a little information on the various blues artists. To learn more, you have got to dig a little deeper. There are many really good books out there (some better than others, but even the inaccurate ones are interesting). Then there's the books that aren't necessarily about the blues but discuss the historical context and the culture. And, of course, there is the music.
There's plenty of material out there to make listening to and studying the blues a satisfying endeavor. Now if you really want to make it interesting, grab a guitar...