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.
SCOPE AND COVERAGE
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.
ORGANIZATION AND FORMAT
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.
NEW AUTHORS IN THIS EDITION INCLUDE:
|Robert A. Heinlein
S. E. Hinton
Jayne Anne Phillips
E. Annie Proulx
J. K. Rowling