This work compiles 122 essays on great novelists, poets, playwrights, and short story writers of the Western Hemisphere who are considered "Latino" in the broad sense of the term. It covers works originally written in English and those Spanish and Portuguese works that have been translated into English. For each there is a comprehensive overview of the author's biography and literary career as well as ready reference listings of their major works in all genres. Every essay also includes a brief quotation from the author, in most cases by a photograph or portrait; the author's nationality or ethnicity and major genre are identified. A full listing of birth and death dates and places follows, plus chronological listings of the author's works by genre: Foreign language (original) title first if appropriate, then date of publication, then English title in publication and its date. The text of each essay introduces the author with a pronunciation for his or her name, a brief biographical sketch, and a synopsis of the literary career. At the end of every essay is an up to date annotated bibliography, "Learn More," which suggests secondary sources for further study.
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