These single-volume references contain selected essays from Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition. Every article in these titles were carefully selected by our editors to provide the best information available about the topic covered. These single volumes profile major writers of long fiction throughout history and the world, including analyses of their significant novels and novellas.
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.
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African American Culture
African American Culture chronicles the lives and most significant works of writers who focused on African American culture from the 1800s to the present day. Coverage includes Toni Cade Bambara, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe and many others.
The essays in Asian Novelists focuses on Chinese, Japanese, and South Asian long fiction and discuss such influential writers as Kobe Abe, Anita Desai, Haruki Murakami, and Salman Rushdie.
English Novelists examines works from key players within the genre. From the fantastic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to the romantic Sense and Sensibility, this title examines the lives and significant works or Jane Austen, Samuel Butler, Daniel Defoe, E.M. Forster, Henry James and many others.
From philosophy to historical fiction and satire to science fiction, French Novelists examines the lives and works of Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Cyrano de Bergerac, Victor Hugo, Marcel Proust, Jean-Jacques and many others.
Gothic Novelists examines a wide variety of writers who have mixed horror, romanticism, and fiction to produce influential, one-of-a-kind works. From Frankenstein to Jane Eyre, this volume profiles Margaret Atwood, Charlotte Bronte, Daphne Du Maurier, Nathaniel Hawthorne and more.
This volume profiles the lives and analyzes the most significant works of Irish novelists throughout history. Coverage includes Samuel Becket, Joyce Cary, Maria Edgeworth, James Joyce, Patrick McGinley, Brian Moore, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and many others.
Latin American Novelists
Latin American Novelists examines the lives and significant works of influential Hispanic writers such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende, Julio Cortazar, Manuel Puig, Ernesto Sabato and Clarice Lispector who made a lasting impact in their respective genres.
Native American Novelists
The essays in Native American Novelists discuss such influential writers as Sherman Alexie, James Fenimore Cooper, Louise Erdrich, and Barbara Kingsolver.
Novelists with Feminist Themes
The essays in Novelists with Feminist Themes discuss such influential writers as Margaret Atwood, Anais Nin, Gertrude Stein, and Virginia Woolf.
The essays in Russian Novelists discuss such influential writers as Vassily Aksyonov, Maxim Gorky, Alexander Pushkin, and Leo Tolstoy.
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Detective & Mystery Novelists
The essays in Detective & Mystery Novelists discuss such influential writers as Ray Bradbury, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Scott Turow.
The essays in Fantasy Novelists discuss such influential writers as Richard Adams, Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien.
The essays in Italian Novelists discuss such influential writers as Dino Buzzati, Umberto Eco, Primo Levi and Alberto Moravia.
Novelists of the Jewish Culture
The essays in Novelists of the Jewish Culture discuss such influential writers as Saul Bellow, Primo Levi, Philip Roth and Elie Wiesel.
The essays in Picaresque Novelists discuss such influential writers as Saul Bellow, Franz Kafka, Jonathan Swift, and Voltaire.
The essays in Political Novelists discuss such influential writers as Joseph Conrad, Nadine Gordimer, Khaled Hosseini, and Upton Sinclair.
The essays in Religious Novelists discuss such influential writers as Fyodor Dostoevski, Graham Greene, Sinclair Lewis, and Salman Rushdie.
The essays in Satirical Novelists discuss such influential writers as William S. Burroughs, Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut, and George Orwell.