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American historical fiction : an annotated guide to novels for adults and young adults /
by Lynda G. Adamson.
imprint
Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, c1999.
description
ix, 405 p. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
1573560677 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, c1999.
isbn
1573560677 (alk. paper)
general note
Expanded and updated ed. of: American historical fiction / A.T. Dickinson. 5th ed.
catalogue key
2473129
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1999-03-01:
Adamson (author of A Reference Guide to Historical Fiction for Children and Young Adults, 1987) defines historical fiction as any book whose setting is not the present, regardless of when it was written. Originally intended only to update the fifth edition of A.T. Dickinson's Dickinson's American Historical Fiction (1986), this volume duplicates some of Dickinson's titles, adding more popular fiction, mysteries, Westerns, romance, and Christian fiction. Since titles were included only if a review or publisher's summary was found, there are some puzzling omissions (e.g., omitting the first in a series when the second and third are included). The 3,300 entries, arranged by broad time periods, contain publishing information, a descriptive annotation, a list of applicable genres, and an indication of the title's suitability for young adults. There are indexes by author, title, genre, place-name, and subject. Like Dickinson's, annotations are held to one sentence but, unlike Dickinson's, are frequently awkward and unclear. The volume ends with lists of books that have won awards and of books that may be appropriate for young adults. Most libraries will want to own this volume together with Vandelia VanMeter's America in Historical Fiction (1997) and the fifth edition of Dickinson's. J. E. Sheets; Baylor University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1998-12:
Librarians looking to help patrons find fiction will get a boost from this new work, which was born out of an effort to update the fifth edition of Virginia Brokaw Gerhardstein's American Historical Fiction but has been expanded far beyond the scope of a sixth edition. The book was compiled by Adamson, chair of the English department of Prince George's Community College and the author of several books on education and literature. Defining historical fiction as a work taking place in a time earlier than that with which the reader is familiar (regardless of publication date), Adamson has identified more than 3000 titles set in the United States that are suitable for adult and young adult readers. Selections, which had to be either reviewed or summarized in a publisher's catalog, were based on various subject headings in the Library of Congress catalog (e.g., "Historical Fiction," "Love Stories"), reviews in library review sources (e.g., Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly), and works already present in Gerhardstein. Organized by time period, the entries include author, title, date of publication, number of pages, content notes, setting, main characters, and, where applicable, genres, awards, and series/sequel information. Books for young adult readers, culled from School Library Journal and Booklist, are marked with a diamond. In addition, the work is augmented by two appendixes: award winners listed by award and books for young adults. There are also five indexes‘by author, title, genre (29 of them), subject, and geographical setting. As a whole, this work should be a boon to reader's advisory and collection development librarians needing to build specific areas of the collection. Recommended for public libraries and academic libraries supporting relevant programming.‘Neal Wyatt, Chesterfield Cty. P.L., VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"These books will be invaluable resources to English and history teachers - and their students - who are looking for novels that relate to specific regions of the world or historical periods. Both books are logically organized and readable: even novice researchers will have little dificulty tracking down suitable historical titles,,,.two impressive works."- VOYA
"Adamson's two volumes provide coverage of more titles, based in part on a more flexible definition of historical fiction, which allows her to include works such as Loren D. Estleman's Motown, set in 1966. Her young adult designations are a useful feature, especially for students in the upper grades.Recommended for libraries that serve avid readers of historical fiction."- Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
'œ...it would be an injustice to characterize American Historical Fiction as merely a revision and update of Dickinson's American Historical Fiction. It does include titles also listed in Dickinson's; but thereafter the similarities give way to the superiorities of the newer guide....these new volumes will be useful reader's advisory and collection development guides to the past as portrayed in fiction.'' Rettig on Reference
'œLibrarians looking to help patrons find fiction will get a boost from this new work....As a whole, this work should be a boon to reader's advisory and collection development librarians needing to build specific areas of the collection. Recommended for public libraries and academic libraries supporting relevant programming.'' Library Journal
"Librarians looking to help patrons find fiction will get a boost from this new work....As a whole, this work should be a boon to reader's advisory and collection development librarians needing to build specific areas of the collection. Recommended for public libraries and academic libraries supporting relevant programming."- Library Journal
'œThese books will be invaluable resources to English and history teachers - and their students - who are looking for novels that relate to specific regions of the world or historical periods. Both books are logically organized and readable: even novice researchers will have little dificulty tracking down suitable historical titles,,,.two impressive works.'' VOYA
"...it would be an injustice to characterize American Historical Fiction as merely a revision and update of Dickinson's American Historical Fiction. It does include titles also listed in Dickinson's; but thereafter the similarities give way to the superiorities of the newer guide....these new volumes will be useful reader's advisory and collection development guides to the past as portrayed in fiction."- Rettig on Reference
'œAdamson's two volumes provide coverage of more titles, based in part on a more flexible definition of historical fiction, which allows her to include works such as Loren D. Estleman's Motown, set in 1966. Her young adult designations are a useful feature, especially for students in the upper grades.Recommended for libraries that serve avid readers of historical fiction.'' Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
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Library Journal, December 1998
Choice, March 1999
Booklist, April 1999
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
This publication will fill a gap in the bibliographic reference shelf by identifying historical novels for both adult and young adult readers. American Historical Fiction contains over 3,000 titles set in states and historical regions of the United States. Entries are organized by time period. The newest titles, as well as old favorites, are covered. The volume is indexed by author, title, genre, subject, and geographic setting.
Long Description
This publication will fill a gap in the bibliographic reference shelf by identifying historical novels for both adult and young adult readers. ^IAmerican Historical Fiction^R contains over 3,000 titles set in states and historical regions of the United States. Entries are organized by time period. The newest titles, as well as old favorites, are covered. The volume is indexed by author, title, genre, subject, and geographic setting.
Table of Contents
Preface
Sample Entry
Acknowledgments
Main Entry Section
North America before 1600 1600-1699
The North American European Settlers 1700-1774
The American Colonies 1775-1783
The American Revolution 1784-1814
The Early United States 1815-1845
Early Westward Expansion 1846-1860
Slavery, Abolitionists, and Women's Rights 1861-1865
The Civil War 1866-1889
Reconstruction and Development of the West 1890-1940
Progressive Era, World War I, and the Great Depression 1941-1945
World War II 1946-1975
The Mid-20th Century After 1975
The Late 20th Century
Appendixes
Book Awards
Books Suitable for Young Adult Readers
Indexes
Author Index
Title Index
Genre Index
Geographic Index
Subject Index
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