Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Fourth Edition (10 Volume Set)

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10 Volumes, 4,000 Pages
625 Writer Essays
53 Overviews
600+ Photos
Pronunciation for Writers' Names
Guide to Online Resources
Major Awards
Time Line
Chronological List of Writers
Geographical Index of Writers
    and Overviews
Categorized Index of Writers
Subject Index

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This edition adds 145 new writers. A significant effort was made to add more women; they include such notable figures as Michelle Cliff, Edwidge Danticat, Anita Desai, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Carol Shields, and Christa Wolf. Many important authors from around the world are featured for the first time in this edition; those with works in English translation include such as Daniel Alarcon, J. M. G. Le Clézio, Haruki Murakami, and Mario Vargas Llosa.

New overview essays were commissioned on the following topics: Experimental Short Fiction, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, Flash Fiction, The Folktale, Jewish Short Fiction, Magical Realism in Short Fiction, Minimalist Short Fiction, The Parable, Regional Short Fiction, The Sketch, The Twenty-first Century: 2000-2010, Caribbean Short Fiction, Czech Short Fiction, English Short Fiction, French Short Fiction, German Short Fiction, Italian Short Fiction, Middle Eastern Short Fiction, Polish Short Fiction, Russian Short Fiction, Scottish Short Fiction, Southeast Asian Short Fiction, Spanish Short Fiction, and Welsh Short Fiction

A Time Line and a Guide to Online Resources have been added to the "Resources" section that appears at the back of all five subsets.

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Editor: Charles E. May,
    California State University, Long Beach

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ISBN: 978-1-58765-789-4
# of Pages: 4000
# of Volumes: 10
Print List Price: $995
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Critical Survey of Short Fiction, 4th ed.
Profiles of major short-story writers throughout history and the world - organized so libraries can select only the topics they want.

Ten volumes, including 4,000 pages
625 Writers Covered
Extensive finding aids

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This Critical Survey was originally published in 1981, with a supplement in 1987 and revised editions in 1993 and 2001. The Fourth Edition includes all writers from the previous edition and adds 145 new ones, covering 625 writers in total. Altogether, the writers covered in this set represent 44 countries and the history of short fiction from antiquity to the 21st century. The set also offers 53 informative overviews; 24 of these essays were added for this edition, including all the literary movement essays. In addition, seven resources are provided, two of them new. Author portraits are included as available.

Scope & Content
All the original author essays were evaluated for their currency, and 145 of them were given substantial revision, in some cases by the original contributor. 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, material on one or more specific stories or collections was added.

This edition adds 145 new writers. A significant effort was made to add more women; they include such notable figures as Michelle Cliff, Edwidge Danticat, Anita Desai, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Carol Shields, and Christa Wolf. Many important authors from around the world are featured for the first time in this edition; those with works in English translation include such as Daniel Alarcon, J. M. G. Le Clézio, Haruki Murakami, and Mario Vargas Llosa.

Organization & Format
The writer subsets are arranged alphabetically, and each writer appears in only one subset. Essays begin with full data on dates and places of birth and death, and a list of the writer's "Principal Short Fiction." Next is a brief overview of "Other Literary Forms" and two longer sections, "Achievements" and "Biography." The longest section "Analysis" discusses the writer's style and themes, with subsections on one or more works of short fiction. The final section includes a list of other major works and a complete bibliography.

Special Features
A number of helpful resources and indexes appear in the back of each subset, including a Bibliography, a Guide to Online Resources, a list of Major Awards, a Chronological list of Authors, a Geographical Index of Authors & Essays, a Categorized Index of Authors, and a complete Subject Index.

Added Flexibility
For the first time, the material in the Critical Survey of Short Fiction has been organized into five subsets by geography and essay type: a 4-volume subset on American Writers, a 2-volume subset on British, Irish, and Commonwealth Writers, a 1-volume subset on European Writers, a 1-volume subset on World Writers, and a 1-volume subset of the Topical Essays. A Cumulative Indexesvolume covering all five subsets is free with purchase of more than one subset.

The result is flexibility for libraries, allowing them to select the material most needed for their literary reference collections and build the larger set over time. Subset details are listed below:

Critical Survey of Short Fiction:
Four volumes, 1,600 pages, 350 writers covered
Print List Price: $495
ISBN: 978-1-58765-790-0
e-ISBN: 978-1-58765-805-1

Authors covered include Sherman Alexie, Saul Bellow, Benjamin Franklin, Dashiell Hammett, Herman Melville, Dorothy Parker, John Updike, and Edith Wharton. New to this edition are Edwidge Danticat, John Grisham, Walter Mosley and Paul Yoon.

Critical Survey of Short Fiction:
Two volumes, 800 pages, 132 writers covered
Print List Price: $295
ISBN: 978-1-58765-795-5
e-ISBN: 978-1-58765-806-8

Includes Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Aldous Huxley, James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Alice Munro, and Roald Dahl. New writers to this edition are David Malouf, Kazuo Ishiguro and Anne Enright.

Critical Survey of Short Fiction:
One volume, 400 pages, 66 writers covered
Print List Price: $175
ISBN: 978-1-58765-798-6
e-ISBN: 978-1-58765-807-5

Discusses major writers from many different regions of Europe. The essays include such writers as Franz Kafka, Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, Homer, Miguel de Cervantes, Dante, and Anais Nin.

Critical Survey of Short Fiction:
One volume, 400 pages, 77 writers covered
Print List Price: $175
ISBN: 978-1-58765-799-3
e-ISBN: 978-1-58765-808-2

Examines writers from a wide range of different countries, including Argentina's Jorge Luis Borges, China's Ha Jin, India's Salman Rushdie, and Russia's Alexander Puskin. New writers include Japan's Haruki Murakami, and Jamaican Michelle Cliff.

Critical Survey of Short Fiction:
One volumes, 400 pages, 53 overview essays included
Print List Price: $175
ISBN: 978-1-58765-800-6
e-ISBN: 978-1-58765-809-9

Essays in this set are organized into three categories: Theories, Themes & Types, History of Short Fiction, and Short Fiction Around the World. New overviews include Experimental Short Fiction, Twenty-first Century Short Fiction, and Spanish Short Fiction.

Critical Survey of Short Fiction:
One volume, 400 pages
Free with purchase of more than one subset.
ISBN: 978-1-58765-803-7

This volume brings together in one place all the appendixes and indexes. It includes a chronological and geographical index of writers and essays, a categorized index, a subject index, a list of major awards, a list of web resources and a complete bibliography.

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