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Aiming “to offer a comprehensive view of how an author’s work fits within the context of the author’s life, historical events, and the literary world,” this set includes some 500 writers. Authors traditionally studied in literature classes as well as those whose works currently top the best-seller lists are covered. Entries are organized into three main sections: “Works in Biographical and Historical Context,” “Works in Literary Context,” and “Works in Critical Context.” Additional entry features include “Key Facts,” listing birth and death dates and major works; “Responses to Literature,” with suggestions for discussion and writing assignments; and “Further Reading.” There are also sidebars entitled “Literary and Historical Contemporaries” and “Common Human Experience,” the latter listing works similar in technique or theme to those of the entrant’s. Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of American Literature treats an array of authors from Abigail Adams to Paul Zindel. It is worth noting that a number of authors of books for young people are included, among them Beverly Cleary, Virginia Hamilton, and Jane Yolen. Glossaries of literary terms, general indexes, and indexes by nationality or ethnicity complete each set. With their breadth of coverage and wealth of information supplied, these sets will be useful additions to academic and public library reference collections. Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of World Literature (2009) applies similar treatment to world authors. --Carolyn Mulac
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Book Description Gale, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1414431309
Book Description Cengage Learning, Inc, United States, 2009. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. This four-volume set covers American authors from many periods and genres, building a broad understanding of the various contexts - from the biographical to the literary to the historical - in which literature can be viewed. The Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of American Literature allows a reader to analyze an author s work as a reflection of the heritage, traditions and experiences of the author s personal life and the beliefs, events, and lifestyles of the United States at the time, given such context as: - Tarzan author William S. Burroughs was interested in eugenics -- the study of methods to improve the human gene pool, and the same science that Hitler used to try to legitimize the Holocaust. - Known mostly for her portrayal of her mental health issues, Sylvia Plath was also a feminist writer who channeled her frustration as a woman with a career during the conservative, post-World War II society. - Ralph Waldo Emerson was instrumental in building an American culture of literature and arts distinct from the parent culture of England and Europe.The nearly 500 entries also identify the significant literary devices and global themes that define a writer s style and place the author in a larger literary tradition as chronicled and evaluated by critics over time. For example: - Kurt Vonnegut Jr. repeatedly featured characters in his fiction who fall into self-doubt when they lose work or social standing as his father did in the Depression and those who struggle with mental illness just as his mother did. - The theme of the individual adrift in a corrupt and phony world in J. D. Salinger s fiction is said to have been influenced by his own experiences growing up and by F. Scott Fitzgerald s The Great Gatsby.Critical thinking and activity prompts, in addition to images, further enhance the reader s own personal response to American literature. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9781414431307
Book Description Gale, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # INGM9781414431307
Book Description Gale Cengage Learning, 2009. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # TV9781414431307