Catalogue


The Facts on File companion to the American novel /
edited by Abby H. P. Werlock ; assistant editor: James P. Werlock.
imprint
New York : Facts on File, 2006.
description
3 v.
ISBN
0816045283 (hardcover : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Facts on File, 2006.
isbn
0816045283 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Vol. I. A-F -- Vol. II. G-O -- Vol. III. P-Z.
catalogue key
6101646
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
The award-winning, three-volume Facts On File Companion to the American Novel examines the great American novel in all of its diversity. Coverage includes virtually every major novel and novelist in the United States from the late 1700s through the modern day—from literary classics to contemporary popular favorites to those less well known. More than 900 in-depth, A-to-Z entries help readers deepen their understanding of the American novel and its place in literary history. The depth and breadth are truly impressive.
Written in a clear, engaging style with contributions from literary scholars, this is the only reference work of its kind to analyze the American novel as a whole. A detailed introduction surveys the history of the American novel and discusses emerging trends. Entries include bibliographies to guide further research.
Coverage includes:
Author biographies and bibliographies
Synopses and analyses of major novels
Extended essays on major subjects, such as the African-American novel and mystery and detective novels.
Authors include:
Louisa May Alcott
Willa Cather
Theodore Dreiser
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Zora Neale Hurston
Jack Kerouac
Jack London
Norman Mailer
Toni Morrison
Sylvia Plath
Thomas Pynchon
Ayn Rand
Philip Roth
Upton Sinclair
John Steinbeck
Amy Tan
Gore Vidal
Jeffrey Eugenides.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2006-10-01:
Werlock's (English, emerita, St. Olaf Coll.) second publication with Facts On File (following the Companion to the American Short Story, 2000) should be similarly well received. The approximately 1000 alphabetical essays gathered here are either biographical or deal with an individual work. Biographical entries encompass historical and contemporary writers, women writers, and a variety of American regional/ethnic authors. Entries on individual works include prize-winning titles, other long-respected material, titles important to high school and college curricula, and, as stated in the introduction, "a large number of contemporary" works. Some nonfiction work considered literary is also featured. Essays are compact (most are no longer than a page or two), conclude with a bibliography, and are often signed. The final volume includes multipage essays concerned with such topics as the Asian American novel, the detective novel, and the Native American novel. Bottom Line While many similar, longer works exist e.g., Magill's Survey of American Literature (1991), Scribner's American Writers (1974-2005) series, or the more recent Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature (2004) none is as tightly focused on the American novel. Werlock is also correct in asserting that this set's strength lies in its heavy inclusion of contemporary works and authors (e.g., Cecilia Brainard, Fight Club). Recommended for high school, academic, and large public libraries. Lura Sanborn, Ohrstrom Lib., St. Paul's Sch., NH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2007-03-01:
This three-volume set covers the period from 1789 to the present. The introductory essay traces the history and changes in the reputation of the American novel over the years. The volumes are arranged alphabetically, and entries are provided for both authors and important works; e.g., in addition to the entry on William Faulkner, separate entries are included for six of his novels. Coverage is wide-ranging, including authors of the literary canon alongside contemporary popular authors such as Marilyn French, William Gibson, Stephen King, and Sue Grafton. This work features some 450 entries for authors; these include biographical information and a listing of primary and secondary works. The 500 entries for particular novels are original essays providing plot summaries and critical analyses. The volume also offers entries that focus on particular genres, such as the detective novel, and on the works of various ethnic groups, such as the Native American novel. An appendix provides listings of major prizewinners, and the index allows author, title, and subject access to the materials. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All academic library reference collections serving lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. E. B. Lindsay Washington State University
Reviews
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School Library Journal,
Library Journal, October 2006
Reference & Research Book News, November 2006
Booklist, December 2006
Voice of Youth Advocates, February 2007
Choice, March 2007
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This resource examines the great American novel in all of its diversity. Spanning the earliest novels that imitated the literary fashions of England to the emergence of styles and subjects that were truly American, this reference traces the history of the novel in the USA.
Main Description
The new award-winning, three-volume Facts On File Companion to the American Novel examines the great American novel in all of its diversity. Coverage includes virtually every major novel and novelist in the United States from the late 1700s through the modern day--from literary classics to contemporary popular favorites to those less well known. More than 900 in-depth, A-to-Z entries help readers deepen their understanding of the American novel and its place in literary history. The depth and breadth are truly impressive. Written in a clear, engaging style with contributions from literary scholars, this is the only reference work of its kind to analyze the American novel as a whole. A detailed introduction surveys the history of the American novel and discusses emerging trends. Entries include bibliographies to guide further research. Coverage includes: *Author biographies and bibliographies *Synopses and analyses of major novels *Extended essays on major subjects, such as the African-American novel and mystery and detective novels. Authors include: *Louisa May Alcott *Willa Cather *Theodore Dreiser *F. Scott Fitzgerald *Nathaniel Hawthorne *Zora Neale Hurston *Jack Kerouac *Jack London *Norman Mailer *Toni Morrison *Sylvia Plath *Thomas Pynchon *Ayn Rand *Philip Roth *Upton Sinclair *John Steinbeck *Amy Tan *Gore Vidal *Jeffrey Eugenides.
Unpaid Annotation
With more than 675 entries in an A-to-Z format, this one-volume encyclopedia analyzes the American short story genre as a whole. The bibliographies and cross-references will expand further research possibilities for general readers, literature students, writers, and teachers.

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