American diversity, American identity : the lives and works of 145 writers who define the American experience /
John K. Roth, editor.
1st ed.
New York : Holt, 1995.
xviii, 709 p. ; 25 cm.
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Although the dust jacket claims this volume is "the first major reference work to focus on the writers whose lives and works quintessentially define the various factors of American life," most academic reference collections will already possess a number of titles that present similar information. Roth (Claremont McKenna College) has brought together short biographical and critical essays on 145 authors who represent various ethnic, regional, or topical viewpoints in American fiction. Entries are arranged in 14 sections, covering regions such as the West or New England, ethnic groups (e.g., Jews or Native Americans), gender roles (women or gay authors), and topics (war or the expatriate experience). Each three- to four-page entry includes birth and death dates, a list of principal works of fiction and writings in other genres, notable achievements, a short biographical sketch, a critical analysis of central themes, and a bibliography of suggested criticism. Although a list of contributors is provided, entries are not signed; however, each section is introduced by a signed essay. Criteria for selection are sometimes unclear; for example, Rita Dove and Terry McMillan are included, but not Maya Angelou. Some entries suffer from repetition and poor organization. An appendix provides lists of additional authors in each category, and a general index completes the volume. Most reference departments will have access to similar and more comprehensive material in the various series from Gale, Magill, Scribner, and St. James. Not recommended, except for the circulating collection, where it may prove useful to instructors developing reading curricula. B. Juhl; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
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Table of Contents
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Prologue: Who Are We Americans?
Discoveries of America: Stories Told by Indian Voicesp. 1
Paula Gunn Allenp. 4
Louise Erdrichp. 7
Joy Harjop. 12
Linda Hoganp. 16
N. Scott Momadayp. 20
Lynn Riggsp. 24
Leslie Marmon Silkop. 28
Gerald Vizenorp. 32
James Welchp. 36
A City Set upon a Hill: American Identities in the Northeastp. 39
Louis Auchinclossp. 42
Anne Bradstreetp. 47
John Cheeverp. 51
James Fenimore Cooperp. 56
Emily Dickinsonp. 61
Ralph Waldo Emersonp. 66
Robert Frostp. 71
Nathaniel Hawthornep. 76
John Irvingp. 81
Washington Irvingp. 86
Sarah Orne Jewettp. 90
William Kennedyp. 95
Robert Lowellp. 99
Mary McCarthyp. 104
Herman Melvillep. 108
John O'Harap. 113
Eugene O'Neillp. 118
J. D. Salingerp. 124
Henry David Thoreaup. 128
John Updikep. 134
Edith Whartonp. 139
Secular Rabbis: Jewish American Voicesp. 144
Nelson Algrenp. 147
Saul Bellowp. 151
Norman Mailerp. 156
Bernard Malamudp. 163
Arthur Millerp. 168
Cynthia Ozickp. 172
Grace Paleyp. 176
Chaim Potokp. 180
Philip Rothp. 184
Isaac Bashevis Singerp. 189
The Presence of the Past: American Identities in the Southp. 193
James Ageep. 196
Wendell Berryp. 200
Erskine Caldwellp. 204
Kate Chopinp. 208
William Faulknerp. 212
Ellen Glasgowp. 218
Cormac McCarthyp. 222
Carson McCullersp. 226
Flannery O'Connorp. 231
Walker Percyp. 236
Edgar Allan Poep. 241
Katherine Anne Porterp. 246
Reynolds Pricep. 251
William Styronp. 255
Robert Penn Warrenp. 260
Eudora Weltyp. 265
Tennessee Williamsp. 270
Thomas Wolfep. 275
Consider Me: Bearers of the African American Traditionp. 280
James Baldwinp. 283
Gwendolyn Brooksp. 288
Rita Dovep. 293
Paul Laurence Dunbarp. 297
Ralph Ellisonp. 301
Ernest J. Gainesp. 306
Langston Hughesp. 310
Zora Neale Hurstonp. 315
Charles Johnsonp. 320
Terry McMillanp. 324
Gloria Naylorp. 328
Ishmael Reedp. 331
Jean Toomerp. 335
Alice Walkerp. 339
John Edgar Widemanp. 344
August Wilsonp. 349
Richard Wrightp. 353
Through Women's Eyes: Re-Visions of Americap. 358
Ann Beattiep. 361
Mary Gordonp. 365
Barbara Kingsolverp. 368
Joyce Carol Oatesp. 372
Tillie Olsenp. 377
Sylvia Plathp. 380
Jane Smileyp. 385
Wendy Wassersteinp. 389
In the Heart of the Country: American Identities in the Midwestp. 393
Sherwood Andersonp. 395
Willa Catherp. 399
Peter De Vriesp. 404
Theodore Dreiserp. 408
James T. Farrellp. 413
Sinclair Lewisp. 417
Wright Morrisp. 422
J. F. Powersp. 427
Carl Sandburgp. 431
Larry Woiwodep. 436
Americans Abroad: Identities Lost and Foundp. 440
T. S. Eliotp. 444
Ernest Hemingwayp. 449
Henry Jamesp. 455
Ezra Poundp. 460
Gertrude Steinp. 466
Americans at War: Defining Momentsp. 472
Stephen Cranep. 475
Joseph Hellerp. 479
James Jonesp. 483
Tim O'Brienp. 488
Thomas Pynchonp. 492
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.p. 497
The Geography of Hope: American Identities in the Westp. 501
Raymond Carverp. 503
Joan Didionp. 508
Ken Keseyp. 513
Louis L'Amourp. 517
Jack Londonp. 520
Thomas McGuanep. 524
Larry McMurtryp. 528
Frank Norrisp. 533
Sam Shepardp. 537
Gary Snyderp. 542
Wallace Stegnerp. 548
John Steinbeckp. 553
Voices of the People: Latino Writing and the American Experiencep. 558
Rudolfo A. Anayap. 561
Jimmy Santiago Bacap. 565
Sandra Cisnerosp. 569
Oscar Hijuelosp. 573
Rolando Hinojosap. 576
Gary Sotop. 580
Luis Miguel Valdezp. 584
Mother Tongue, Father Country: Asian American Identitiesp. 588
Frank Chinp. 591
Garrett Hongop. 595
David Henry Hwangp. 599
Cynthia Kadohatap. 603
Maxine Hong Kingstonp. 607
Bharati Mukherjeep. 611
Cathy Songp. 615
Amy Tanp. 619
Balancing Acts: America's Gay and Lesbian Identitiesp. 624
Lisa Altherp. 627
Rita Mae Brownp. 631
Larry Kramerp. 635
David Leavittp. 639
Audre Lordep. 642
Armistead Maupinp. 646
Paul Monettep. 650
Edmund Whitep. 655
Epilogue: Renewing Visions of Americap. 659
F. Scott Fitzgeraldp. 663
Jack Kerouacp. 668
Toni Morrisonp. 673
Adrienne Richp. 678
Mark Twainp. 682
Walt Whitmanp. 686
A Categorized Listing of Writersp. 691
Indexp. 699
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