British writers. Supplement VI /
Jay Parini, editor.
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, c2001.
lvi, 432 p. ; 29 cm.
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New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, c2001.
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This supplement to an excellent reference set adds 21 Anglophone writers, ranging from the anonymous author of Beowulf through Henry King (16th century) and Gilbert White (18th century) to such still flourishing contemporaries as Peter Ackroyd and J.M. Coetzee. The entries have the same organization as earlier volumes: 14- to 15-page critical/biographical essays are followed by a bibliography of works by and about each author. As usual, the well-written articles are mostly by academics, but there are a few freelance writers as well. There is a cumulative index to all volumes in the set, and the chronology has been expanded significantly, now going all the way back to the late 7th century, when it is presumed that Beowulf was first written down. Along with the Dictionary of Literary Biography (Gale, 2001), this work continues to be essential for any collection serving researchers beginning work on British literary topics. The DLB covers many more writers than this set and takes up a lot more shelf space, but this set is more selective, has the same high quality, and is much less costly. Highly recommended. Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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The Scribner Writers Series has set the standard for literary reference for more than 25 years. In addition to addressing the lives and careers of important writers, the articles discuss the themes and styles of major works and place them in pertinent historical, social and political contexts for today's readers. Novelists, playwrights, essayists, poets, short story writers, and more recently, genre writers in science fiction and mystery, are all expertly discussed in the more than 16 sets comprising this series.This collection of essays covers 286 writers who have made contributions to British, Irish and Commonwealth literature from the 14th century to the present day. Introductory essays and chronological tables open each volume and provide historical background.This Supplement adds 25 writers to this acclaimed series. Among the authors in this volume are: Richard Aldington, A. Alvarez, Wilkie Collins, Radclyffe Hall, Nancy Mitford, Liam O'Flaherty, Kenneth Tynan and many others.
Table of Contents
Contentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Chronologyp. xv
List of Contributorsp. lv
Subjects in Supplement VI
Peter Ackroydp. 1
Beryl Bainbridgep. 17
Beowulfp. 29
Andre Brinkp. 45
George Mackay Brownp. 61
J. M. Coetzeep. 75
Wilkie Collinsp. 91
Donald Daviep. 105
Radclyffe Hallp. 119
T. E. Hulmep. 133
Henry Kingp. 149
Derek Mahonp. 165
Norman Maccaigp. 181
Edwin Muirp. 197
Norman Nicholsonp. 211
Peter Redgrovep. 225
Sakip. 239
Anne Stevensonp. 253
Alec Waughp. 267
Gilbert Whitep. 279
A. N. Wilsonp. 297
Master Index to volumes I-VII, Supplements I-VIp. 311
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