Who's Who in Twentieth-Century Literature

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9780070563506: Who's Who in Twentieth-Century Literature

This unusually informative and entertaining book provides both the general reader and the student of literature with a highly useful guide to modern writers throughout the world. The author concentrates on American, British, and other English-language writers but includes major Europeans as well as important writers of the Third World and the Soviet bloc, many of whom are virtually unknown outside of their own countries. The roughly 700 entries are arranged alphabetically, from the Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, to the American poet, Louis Zukofsky. Each entry gives the salient points of a writer's life, an account of the esteem (or lack of it) in which the writer is held and why, Seymour-Smith's own critical appraisal, and bibliographic details of the writer's main works. The author has chosen those whom he considers to be the best writers of the century, but has also included a number whose high reputation he believes are not deserved. In these cases, he pulls no punches in his very witty appraisals. The result is a provocative, stimulating, and extremely readable book, which was named one of the Outstanding Reference Books of 1976 by the American Library Association.

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