Critical Survey of Long Fiction (10 Volume Set)

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10 Volumes
6,056 Pages
679 Essays
61 Historical, Geographical,
    & Genre Overviews
Illustrated with Author Photos
Subject Index
Major Awards
Time Line
Glossary of Literary Terms
Category List of Authors
Chronological List of Authors
Geographical List of Authors
Pronunciation Guide
Guide to Online Resources

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Editor: Carl Rollyson, Baruch College,
   City University of New York

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ISBN: 978-1-58765-535-7
# of Pages: 6056
# of Volumes: 10
Print List Price: $995
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Critical Survey of Long Fiction, 4th Ed.
Offers 678 profiles of major writers of long fiction throughout history and the world, including analyses of their significant novels and novellas. Discusses the novel in overview essays by time period, country, ethnicity, and genre, and provides valuable resource material.

This new edition includes all 581 original author essays as well as 97 new ones, expanding the set to ten volumes and covering more than 60 countries and the literary fiction from the 10th century to the 21st. All the original essays were evaluated for their currency, and 130 of them were replaced or substantially revised, in some cases by the original contributors. The sections "Other Literary Forms," "Achievements," "Biography," and "Analysis" were updated to include recent developments: new titles or awards, changes in residence or employment, and alterations in critical and popular reception. For these essays, one or more sections on specific novels or novellas were added.

This edition adds 97 new authors. A significant effort was made to add more women writers; who constitute fully half of the new authors and include such important novelists as Julia Alvarez, A. S. Byatt, Annie Dillard, Cynthia Kadohata, Terry McMillan, Sue Miller, Bharati Mukherjee, E. Annie Proulx, Marilynne Robinson, and Susan Sontag. Many authors with works in English translation are included for the first time in this edition, such as Roberto Bolaño, Maryse Condé, Umberto Eco, Ismail Kadare, Haruki Murakami, Amos Oz, José Saramago, and W. G. Sebald. Several prominent authors of young adult literature have also been added: Robert Cormier, S. E. Hinton, Walter Dean Myers, Gary Paulsen, and J. K. Rowling.

This edition also provides 61 informative overviews in Volume 10 organized under the categories "Long Fiction in History," "North American Long Fiction," and "Genre Overviews"; eight of the essays are new.

The essays are arranged alphabetically by author. Each essay begins with full data on dates and places of birth and death, and a list of the author's "Principal Long Fiction." A brief overview of "Other Literary Forms" places the author in a larger literary context. Two longer sections, "Achievements" and "Biography," follow. "Analysis," the heart of the essay, describes the author's work in the long fiction form and examines it in terms of themes, typical concerns, characters, and motifs; several subsections on the author's most important works illustrate these themes. Finally, a "Further Readings" section lists authoritative, up-to-date resources.

Volume 10 contains a number of useful resource aids, including a general Bibliography, a Time Line, a list of Major Awards, a Chronological List of Authors, and Category, Geographical and General Subject Indexes.


Peter Abrahams
Alice Adams
Sholom Aleichem
Sherman Alexie
Julia Alvarez
Reinaldo Arenas
Harriette Arnow
Beryl Bainbridge
Russell Banks
Pat Barker
Djuna Barnes
Roberto Bolaño
Malcolm Bradbury
Charles Bukowski
A. S. Byatt
Peter Carey
Michael Chabon
Sandra Cisneros
Tom Clancy
Michelle Cliff
Maryse Condé
Pat Conroy
Robert Cormier
Michael Crichton
Michael Cunningham
Edwidge Danticat
Annie Dillard
Ariel Dorfman
Ellen Douglas
Roddy Doyle
Umberto Eco
Buchi Emecheta
Percival Everett
Richard Flanagan
Ken Follett
Frederick Forsyth
Janet Frame
Jonathan Franzen
Cristina Garcia
Kaye Gibbons
William Gibson
Rumer Godden
Alasdair Gray
Jessica Hagedorn
Radclyffe Hall
Jane Hamilton
Bessie Head
Ursula Hegi
Robert A. Heinlein
Frank Herbert
S. E. Hinton
Alice Hoffman
Nick Hornby
Khaled Hosseini
Gish Jen
Ismail Kadare
Cynthia Kadohata
Garrison Keillor
Heinrich von Kleist
Nella Larsen
Wendy Law-Yone
Robert Ludlum
Alice McDermott
Ian McEwan
Claude McKay
Terry McMillan
Sue Miller
Anchee Min
Rohinton Mistry
Walter Mosley
Bharati Mukherjee
Haruki Murakami
Walter Dean Myers
Amos Oz
Ann Patchett
Gary Paulsen
Jayne Anne Phillips
Richard Powers
Francine Prose
E. Annie Proulx
Marilynne Robinson
J. K. Rowling
Gabrielle Roy
Richard Russo
José Saramago
W. G. Sebald
Carol Shields
Zadie Smith
Susan Sontag
David Storey
Graham Swift
Rose Tremain
Leon Uris
Colson Whitehead
Marianne Wiggins
Jeanette Winterson
A. B. Yehoshua