Encyclopedia of British Writers, 1800 to the Present (2 Vol Set)

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Presents a comprehensive list of notable British authors from the nineteenth century to the present, listing their works, a critical analysis of their writing, and other references to each author.

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Born in New York City, 1933; PhD Columbia University with dissertatino on Robert Graves. Taught Classics of Moderninst fiction, Modern Criticism and more. Published hundreds of reviews in The New York Times, The Nation, The New Republic, Partisan Review. Editorial Director, Barnes & Noble Classics

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Updating Encyclopedia of British Writers: 19th and 20th Centuries (2003) and complementing Encyclopedia of British Writers: 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries (2005), this set treats more than 900 authors. Coverage encompasses a range of genres. Among the more than 60 authors who have been added are Margaret Atwood, Charles Babbage, Olaudah Equiano, Beatrix Potter, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Volume 1 traverses the nineteenth century, and volume 2 presents writers from the twentieth century on. Within each volume, arrangement is alphabetical. In addition to author entries, the editors have provided short essays on important literary movements such as the “Irish Literary Renaissance,” “Romanticism,” and “Theater of the Absurd.” Each volume contains an “Author’s Time Line” and an index of authors, titles, and some topics (e.g., feminism). Typical entries document the author’s dates, genres of writing, major life events, and significant works, followed by citations for other works by or about the author. Many entries include a critical analysis section that provides an evaluative discussion of the body of work produced. The criteria for longer entries are the editors’ perceptions of size of readership, the quality of critical and academic interest, and the impact on other writers. It is unclear, given this criteria, why Beatrix Potter, but not J. K. Rowling, should have a critical-analysis section. The strengths of this work, as in the original edition and the companion encyclopedia, are the quality of writing and breadth of coverage. The entries are engaging and provide enough content to give readers a basic understanding of the life and work of each writer. High-school, college, and public libraries will find this a very useful resource. Also available as an e-book. --Cynthia Crosser

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