A companion to the award winning Magill's Survey of American Literature, this comprehensive, six volume set offers profiles of major authors of fiction, drama, poetry, and essays, each with sections on biography, general analysis, and analysis of the author's most important works novels, short stories, poems, and works of nonfiction. The completely revamped edition updates these original essays and adds many new ones, covering 380 writers at the heart of literary studies.
"This set is a revised version of the outstanding Marshall Cavendish offering from 1993 (with a 1995 supplement). Many original essays were revised and updated to include recent developments, including new works or changes in critical or popular standing. 380 authors from more than 60 countries range from ancient masters like Homer and Li Po to modern scribes like Isabel Allende and Arundhati Roy and include poets, playwrights and novelists. The main text of each entry features a biographical overview, an analysis that discusses the author?s style and thematic focus, a review of the author?s major works?including thumbnail photos of relevant book covers-- and a summary of the author?s overall contributions to literature. Entries also include a bibliography of works both by and about the author. The entries are written with a high school audience in mind. The analyses of major works provide brief plot summaries and a critical look at the important literary elements present in the work, affording young students early exposure to literary criticism well within their reach. Each entry also includes a set of discussion questions that could lead to deeper inquiry into the author and his works. The last volume includes a glossary of literary terms, a category list of authors by genre, a geographical list and author and title indexes. This collection examines the work of an ample cross-section of writers from different eras and regions of the world and would act as a perfect starting point for individual or group study of one or more authors. Highly recommended for high school and community college libraries."
--Doug's Student Reference Room, August 2009
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