This four-volume set covers American authors from many periods and genres, building a broad understanding of the various contexts - from the biographical to the literary to the historical - in which literature can be viewed. The Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of American Literature allows a reader to analyze an author's work as a reflection of the heritage, traditions and experiences of the author's personal life and the beliefs, events, and lifestyles of the United States at the time, given such context as:
The nearly 500 entries also identify the significant literary devices and global themes that define a writer's style and place the author in a larger literary tradition as chronicled and evaluated by critics over time. For example:
Critical thinking and activity prompts, in addition to images, further enhance the reader's own personal response to American literature.
"In a logical layout, each author's writing is set within a biographical, critical, historical, and personal context. Each blurb concludes with critical thinking prompts and writing activities to spark reader response, plus a short bibliography of other sources. Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers."
---Choice, May 2010
Price: US $596.00