Magill's Literary Annual, 2009

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200 Essay-Reviews
200 Author Bios
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Title Index
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Magill presents information that can be of great value to scholars and general readers... Obviously, a long run of the Annual would be more useful than scattered sets. Large- and medium-sized public libraries should consider standing orders.  -American Reference Books Annual

…contains well-organized, informative, and cogent reviews of novels, biographies, histories, poetry, and books on current affairs and other topics  -Booklist

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Editors: John D. Wilson, Books and Culture and
   Steven G. Kellman, Univ. of Texas at San Antonio

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Magill's Literary Annual, 2009
Reviews of significant fiction and nonfiction published in 2008. 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.

Magill's Literary Annual, 2009, is the fifty-fifth publication in a series that began in 1954. Critical essays for the first twenty two years were collected and published in the twelve-volume Survey of Contemporary Literature in 1977; since then, yearly sets have been published. Each year, Magill's Literary Annual, 2009 seeks to evaluate critically 200 major examples of serious literature, both fiction and nonfiction, published during the previous calendar year. The philosophy behind our selection process is to cover works that are likely to be of interest to general readers, that reflect publishing trends, that add to the careers of authors being taught and researched 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, "reference" review of a work than is typically found in newspapers and other periodical sources.

Organization & Format
The reviews in the two-volume Magill's Literary Annual, 2009, 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.

Finding Aids and Special Features
Four indexes can be found at the end of volume 2. The Biographical Works by Subject arranges the works by subject, rather than by author or title. The Category Index groups all titles into subject areas such as current affairs and social issues, ethics, and law, history, literary biography, philosophy and religion, psychology, and women's issues. The Title Index lists all works reviewed in alphabetical order, with any relevant cross references. The Author Index lists books covered in the annual by each author's name.

Authors
The authors covered in this year's edition include Geraldine Brooks, William F. Buckley, Jr., Ha Jin, Dennis Lehane, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, David Sedaris, and Kurt Vonnegut.

Four indexes can be found at the end of volume 2:

Biographical Works by Subject: Arranged by subject, rather than by author or title. Readers can locate easily reviews of biographical works-memoirs, diaries, and letters in addition to biographies and autobiographies-by looking up the name of the person covered.
Category Index: Groups all titles into subject areas such as current affairs and social issues, ethics and law, history, literary biography, philosophy and religion, psychology, and women's issues.
Title Index: Lists all works reviewed in alphabetical order, with any relevant cross references.
Author Index: Lists books covered in the annual by each author's name.
Cumulative Author and Title Indexes: Listing all books reviewed in Magill's Literary Annual between 1977 and 2010, as well as in Magill's History Annual (1983) and Magill's Literary Annual, History and Biography (1984 and 1985).