Sylvia Plath Plath won several major prizes in writing and her poems are considered today to be the most famous by an American female poet of the 20th Century, especially those in her 1965 collection Ariel. This volume presents a variety of new essays on the unconventional American poet, a unique, rare, rebellious and unexpected voice in American literature. May 2013 | Print ISBN: 978-1-4298-3833-7 | $105 Philip Roth This volume positions Roth’s greatest novels and journalism against the backdrop of the changing literary, historical and cultural American scenes. Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the writer can explore a bevy of topics, such as major thematic trajectories in Roth’s work, the author’s use of autobiographical gestures, the mechanics of history in his works, and the author’s style in his later writings and books. March 2013 | Print ISBN: 978-1-4298-3829-0 | $105 Salman Rushdie A great starting point for students seeking an introduction to Salman Rushdie, this volume discusses Rushdie’s life and rise to popularity, the critical response to his work, and key themes surrounding his works. Titles discussed include Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses, The Ground Beneath her Feet, Shalimar the Clown, and Shame. September 2012 | Print ISBN: 978-1-4298-3729-3 | $105 Mary Shelley Best known as the author of the ubiquitous Gothic novel, Frankenstein, or the The Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley lived an eventful, though grief-stricken life, between troubled finances, her father’s disownment, and the death of multiple children. Topics discussed in this compilation include autobiographical elements and themes in her work, the influence of Frankenstein today, and her relationship with her husband, Romantic poet-philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. September 2016 | Print ISBN: 978-1-68217-116-5 | $105 John Steinbeck One of America’s most important novelists, Steinbeck has been a favorite among readers for decades. A versatile, restless writer who constantly experimented with new forms and genres, he seems to offer something for everyone—whether rapturous descriptions of the California landscape, fierce denunciations of social injustices, simple morality tales, or picaresque adventure stories. October 2010 | Print ISBN: 978-1-58765-703-0 | $105 Leo Tolstoy This volume explores various and lesser known works by Tolstoy in addition to Anna Karenina and War and Peace with attention to the fundamentals of Tolstoy’s biography, personal philosophy, and his sustained legacy in the Russian literary canon. October 2017 | Print ISBN: 978-1-68217-611-5 | $105 Mark Twain Mark Twain remains one of America’s most beloved literary figures. Eminently quotable, his best writing combines irreverent humor with practical good sense and deep human feeling and, perhaps more so than the work of any other author, defines what it is to be an American. His most beloved novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is a nostalgic paean to a simpler, more innocent America. October 2010 | Print ISBN: 978-1-58765-689-7 | $105 John Updike This volume is a wide-ranging survey of both Updike’s work and the critical response to it. Divided into essays on his Career, Life, and Influences, the Critical Contexts of his writing, Critical Readings that address major themes, characters, motifs, and concerns, and Resources for further study, it offers readers insights into the breadth of his achievement from his earliest stories to the books he completed in the last months of his life. September 2011 | Print ISBN: 978-1-58765-832-7 | $105 BEST SELLER! BEST SELLER! RECENT CRITICAL INSIGHTS: AUTHORS Literature RECENT All Critical Insights titles come with free online access (800) 221-1592 www.salempress.com GET ONLINE ACCESS WITH YOUR PRINT BUY! FREE Online Access FREE CRITICAL INSIGHTS: AUTHORS LITERATURE 32