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Magill's Literary Annual, 2010
Reviews of significant fiction and nonfiction published in 2009. Provides coverage for works that are likely to be of particular interest to the general reader, that reflect the publishing trends of a given year, and that will stand up to the test of time.
Now in its 56th year, Magill's Literary Annual is the only Salem Press title that consistently and exclusively covers recent works of fiction and nonfiction across subjects, genres, and countries. Each year, Magill's Literary Annual critically evaluates 200 major examples of serious literature, both fiction and nonfiction, published during the previous calendar year.
The Complimentary Archives
When you purchase the 2010 Literary Annual, we provide online access to 30+ years' of past Annuals. That's over 6,900 reviews and essays on a multitude of topics. This remarkable, complimentary archive is available through Salem Literature, our online host for great literary reference. To make it available to your students and patrons you need only purchase the latest, two-volume edition.
The 30+ years of the Annual will remain available through Salem Literature for a full year. In order to continue access to this resource, you will be required to purchase each subsequent edition of the Annual. However, there is no obligation to do so. This is not a "continuations" or "subscription" agreement. Try the Annual and its complimentary 30-year archive for a year without any obligation to continue.
The philosophy behind our selection process is to cover works that are likely to be of interest to general readers, that represent the major literary genres, that reflect publishing trends, that are written by authors being taught in literature programs, and that will stand the test of time. By filtering the thousands of books published every year down to 200 notable titles, the editors have provided the busy librarian with an excellent reader's advisory tool and patrons with fodder for book discussion groups and a guide for choosing worthwhile reading material. The essay-reviews in the Annual provide a more academic, "authoritative" review of a work than is typically found in newspapers and other ephemeral sources.
Organization & Format
The reviews in the two-volume Magill's Literary Annual, 2010, are arranged alphabetically by title. At the beginning of both volumes is a complete alphabetical list, by category, of all covered books that provides readers with the title, author, and a brief description of each work. Every essay is approximately four pages in length. The text of each essay-review analyzes and presents the focus, intent, and relative success of the author, as well as the makeup and point of view of the work under discussion. To assist the reader further, essays are supplemented by a list of additional "Review Sources" for further study in a bibliographic format. Every essay includes a sidebar offering a brief biography of the author or authors. Thumbnail photographs of the book covers and the authors are included as available.
The authors covered in this year's edition include Buzz Aldrin, Margaret Atwood, Dan Brown, Ha Jin, Edward Kennedy, Alice Munro, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, and many more. Click Table of Contents for a complete listing.
Finding Aids and Special Features
Four indexes can be found at the end of volume 2:
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