World authors, 2000-2005 /
editors, Jennifer Curry ... [et al.] ; consulting editors, Andrew I. Cavin, Clifford Thompson ; staff writers, Jeremy K. Brown ... [et al.] ; editorial assistant, Carolyn Ellis.
New York : HW Wilson, 2007.
xiv, 800 p. : ports.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-09-01:
This 16th installment in the "Wilson Authors" series is a current survey of writers who garnered critical attention from 2000 to 2005-or, as the preface states, "authors who have published significant work within the period." Editors Curry (ed., Women's Rights, "Reference Shelf" series), David Ram (ed., Nobel Prize Winners), and Albert Rolls (language & literature, Touro Coll.) present introductory biobibliographical essays on 293 novelists, essayists, playwrights, poets, and other writers, from the famous (e.g., Joan Didion; Harold Pinter; Dan Brown) to the less well known (e.g., Audrey Niffenegger; Tommie Shelby; Ali Smith). An alphabetical listing of authors points to entries by page number; entries range in length from a single page to several pages, and each concludes with suggested readings and a listing of selected works. The well-written articles provide a rounded profile of the author's life, career, influences, and contribution to contemporary literature. Many essays are autobiographical or include first-person or third-person biographical statements, and critical reception of each author's work is also delineated. Photographs of the writers appear here and there. BOTTOM LINE This large volume updates standard literary guides on established writers. It is particularly valuable for its coverage of less prominent writers whose work is gaining international readership. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-Katharine A. Webb, Ohio State Univ. Libs., Columbus Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Appeared in Choice on 2007-12-01:
The 16th installment of World Authors offers more than 300 entries. As usual, these cover writers of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction. The only announced criteria are "literary merit, popularity, and, in the case of foreign writers, accessibility in English." Among those included in this volume are such diverse figures as Monica Ali, John Ashbery, Roderick Beaton, Dan Brown, Harry Frankfurt, Ursula Le Guin, and Donna Tartt. Some entries represent updates of earlier ones, e.g., Joan Didion and Salman Rushdie, although no reference is made to the earlier entries. The entries average two to three pages, provide a brief biography, and discuss the author's works. Many include autobiographical comments by the authors themselves (one of the great strengths of this work). The writing is clear and informative, but relies overmuch on quotations from published reviews in the appraisal of the authors. Each entry concludes with short lists of suggested readings on and selected books by the author. Black-and-white photos accompany many entries. Like its predecessors (see 1995-2000, CH, Jun'04, 41-5634, and 1990-1995, CH, Sep'00, 38-0029), this work will serve as a handy source of basic information for students and a general audience. The major drawback to this series remains the lack of a cumulative index. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-/upper-level undergraduates and general readers. F. W. Jenkins University of Dayton
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