Magill's Literary Annual, 2012

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2 Volumes
615 Pages
200 Essay-Reviews
200 Author Bios
Further Reviews
Title Index
Category Index
Annotated Titles by Category
Biographical Works by Subject
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…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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ISBN: 978-1-58765-964-5
# of Pages: 615
# of Volumes: 2
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Magill's Literary Annual, 2012
Reviews of significant fiction and nonfiction published in 2011. 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.

Each year, Magill's Literary Annual critically evaluates 200 major examples of serious literature 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 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 reviews are arranged alphabetically by title. The text of each essay-review analyzes the focus, intent, and relative success of the author, as well as the makeup and point of view of the work under discussion. Essays are supplemented by a list of "Review Sources" for additional study. Every essay includes a sidebar offering a brief biography of the author or authors. 

This year's selection includes Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Charles Dickens: a Life, The Fifth Witness, Horoscopes for the Dead, The King James Bible: A Short History from Tyndale to Today, The Marriage Plot, The Seamstress and the Wind, and Swamplandia!.

When you purchase the 2012 Literary Annual, we provide access to 36 years of past Annuals. That's over 7,200 reviews and essays on three decades of the most important fiction and nonfiction. This 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 36 years of the Annual will remain available through Salem Literature for a full year. In order to continue access to this resource, you will need to purchase each subsequent edition of the Annual. However, there is no obligation and this is not a "continuations" agreement. Try the Annual and its complimentary 36-year archive for a year without any obligation to continue.

Finding Aids and Special Features
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).