Great World Writers: Twentieth Century

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Synopsis: This nicely illustrated reference for junior high and highschool students offers 20-page profiles of 93 of the world's most influential writers of the twentieth century. Arranged alphabetically, each profile provides facts about the writer's life and works as well as commentary on his or her signifi

From Booklist: Conceived as a companion to Great American Writers: Twentieth Century (2002), this set surveys the lives and works of 93 distinguished non-American writers of the last century. In selecting them, an attempt has been made to balance the "claims of geography, culture, genre, and language." Authors from 42 countries are represented. About half are native speakers of English or chose to write in English, while the rest have been translated into English. Only about 20 are women. A partial selection includes Chinua Achebe, Isabel Allende, Italo Calvino, Joseph Conrad, Athol Fugard, Robert Graves, Doris Lessing, Yukio Mishima, V. S. Naipaul, Wole Soyinka, Dylan Thomas, J. R. R. Tolkien, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Virginia Woolf.

These are exciting volumes, intended to attract and hold the attention of young adults, even though some of the writers (Gao Xingjian, Andre Malraux, and Iris Murdoch, for instance) are far from mainstays of the high-school curriculum. The volumes are profusely illustrated with a roughly equal mix of photographs and imaginatively selected reproductions of largely unfamiliar paintings. Pages run the gamut of pastel colors, as well as white, while liberal use of varied text formats and headings facilitates browsing and quick access to key facts and resources. Each of the 10- to 25-page entries begins with a photographic portrait, vital statistics, identification, and significance. Each also has sections on the writer's life and work, a chronology of life highlights, a "Reader's Guide to Major Works," and a resource section that may include everything from books and films to Web sites and museums. Some entries include lists of film tie-ins and boxed features on a variety of topics. Each volume has its own index, while volume 13 includes a wealth of cumulative indexes, a glossary, and a list of Nobel Prize winners for literature.

Highly recommended for high-school and public libraries. Though the set is aimed at students, perusing these volumes is likely to turn on adult readers to some writers new to them. RBB
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