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Masterplots II: British and Commonwealth Fiction Series

Editor-Frank Northen Magill

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ISBN 10: 0893564680 / ISBN 13: 9780893564681
Published by Salem Press, 1987
Condition: with slight shelf wear Hardcover
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Title: Masterplots II: British and Commonwealth ...

Publisher: Salem Press

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:with slight shelf wear

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dj

Edition: First Edition.

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More than 400 classic novels are covered in this set. These titles, spanning 1900 -1986, are broken into three categories. The first category includes British and Irish novels from the 1950's to present and includes such authors as Iris Murdoch and William Golding. The second category encompasses a larger time span, and covers literatures from Canada, Australia, West India, Africa and India. This group includes such well-known writers as Margaret Atwood, Patrick White and V.S. Naipaul. The third and smallest category includes novels by major writers whose principal works have already been covered in Masterplots. These novels, such as Virginia Woolf's The Voyage Out and D.H. Lawrence's Kangaroo were necessarily excluded from the selective coverage of Masterplots but are by no means unworthy of study. Following the accessible format developed for Masterplots II, this set is arranged alphabetically by title by which the work is best known in the United States. The individual essays are divided into six sections, including ready-reference top matter outlining publication information; type of work; principal characters; discussion of the action and plot; analysis of characterization; themes; literary devices and writing techniques; relevant environments in which the novel was published; and a listing of the best secondary reference material that specifically addresses the work under discussion.

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This latest addition to the growing Masterplots set provides, for 418 novels published between 1900 and 1986, ready reference data; plot summaries; brief analyses of major characters, themes, and critical contexts; and brief bibliographies. Some 80 percent are from Great Britain, Canada, and Australia; the remainder are from Commonwealth writers such as Thea Astley and Ayi Kwei Armah. About two-thirds of the novels were published after 1950, too late for inclusion in the original Masterplots. Some of the post-1950 titles were included in Magill's Literary Annual (another major component of this set), but all such entries this reviewer checked were new. This excellent set will be an invaluable addition to any collection concerned with 20th-century literature, though a single index for the various components of the Masterplots series would be welcome. Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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