Magill’s survey of world literature [1-6, Revised]
Features a combination of biography and critical analysis, covering major writers from outside the United States and their significant works in fiction, drama, poetry, and nonfiction. This title offers profiles of major authors of fiction, drama, poetry, and essays, each with sections on biography, and general analysis.
Grade 9 Up—This critical source updates the 1995 edition with 71 revised and 87 new entries for a total of 380 authors. The editor notes that the set is intended for both students and book groups and includes a “”””Discussion Topics”””” sidebar after every entry. A true world survey, the work includes authors, poets, and playwrights from Albania to the West Indies, with writers from Egypt, Myanmar, and Ukraine represented along the way. The essays also span the ages, profiling works by, for example, Aeschylus, William Shakespeare, and Nick Hornby. Entries are straightforward: biographical data and a general analysis of the individual’s oeuvre are followed by a discussion of the author’s better-known works. A summary and bibliographies of works by and about the writer complete the entry. Useful touches include a “”””Key to Pronunciation”””” at the beginning of every volume and a detailed “”””Glossary of Literary Terms.”””” A “”””Category List”””” features such designations as “”””Children’s and Young Adult Literature Writers”””” as well as “”””Mystery and Detective Writers.”””” The last volume provides title and author indexes. Anyone seeking information about a multitude of authors will find it here.—Carol Fazioli, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA
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- Author(s): Steven G. Kellman
- Hardcover : 3000 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1587654318
- ISBN-13 : 978-1587654312
- Publisher : Salem Press; Revised ed. Edition (January 1, 2009)
- Language: : English