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Encyclopedia of American popular fiction /
Geoff Hamilton and Brian Jones.
imprint
New York : Facts on File, 2009.
description
vi, 405 p.
ISBN
9780816071579 (hc : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
New York : Facts on File, 2009.
isbn
9780816071579 (hc : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6968924
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
Vivid characters and first-rate storytelling are the hallmarks of good popular fiction. Encyclopedia of American Popular Fiction is a new A-to-Z resource that covers those contemporary authors and works that have enjoyed commercial success in the United States but are typically neglected by more literary guides. Written by literary scholars, this invaluable resource provides high school and college students with everything they need to know to understand the authors and works of American popular fiction.Coverage includes:
The Bourne Identity
The Bridges of Madison County
Tom Clancy
The Da Vinci Code
Sue Grafton
John Grisham
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Erica Jong
Barbara Kingsolver
The Left Behind books
Elmore Leonard
James Patterson
The Secret Life of Bees
The Silence of the Lambs
Nicholas Sparks
and more.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2009-11-01:
Literary scholars Hamilton and Jones catalog the best-selling authors of popular fiction from the past 30 years of publishing history. The authors they treat write in many genres, including romance, science fiction, mystery, crime, fantasy, and horror, and have appeared near the top 10 on The New York Times and Publishers Weekly best sellers lists. The encyclopedia consists of both title and author entries. Title entries provide context, summary, excerpts, and a bibliography; author entries include biographical information and a summary of the author's corpus. Hamilton and Jones define popular fiction as "first rate story telling," and claim that popular fiction "speaks to the people directly"--a matter of opinion, but a clear indication of the passion of the compilers. An index provides access to authors, titles, genres, topics, and themes. This reviewer notes the lack of a number of best-selling African American authors: Walter Mosley, J. California Cooper, Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, Omar Tyree, Jamaica Kincaid, and Venise Berry, to name a handful. Those who buy this title also may wish to purchase Bernard Drew's 100 Most Popular African American Authors (2007). Summing Up: Recommended. Public libraries and libraries supporting popular culture studies; lower-level undergraduates and above, and general readers. R. Stuhr Grinnell College
Appeared in Library Journal on 2009-08-01:
A new installment in Facts On File's "Literary Movements" series, this resource contains an annotated listing of writers whose work has caught the attention of the American reader during the past 30 years as defined by sources like the New York Times and Publishers Weekly, with the authors and titles included weighted toward the past 15 years. Hamilton and Jones, both scholars of contemporary American literature, have gathered an accomplished team of contributors to write on the authors and their influential works. Although written for the reader of pop fiction, the 240 entries often include a deeper, more scholarly bent, e.g., the entry for Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary describes parallels with Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and its influence on Fielding's popular novel. This makes the work a good jumping-off point for the more serious scholar of popular fiction as well as those seeking something new to read. Bottom Line What distinguishes this A-to-Z from similar bibliographies is its impressive range and currency; most others are less up-to-date and not nearly as broad in scope. A worthy addition to most libraries.-Sarah Sutton, Texas A&M Univ., Corpus Christi, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Library Journal, August 2009
Booklist, October 2009
School Library Journal, October 2009
Choice, November 2009
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Vivid characters and first-rate storytelling are the hallmarks of good popular fiction. Encyclopedia of American Popular Fiction is a new A-to-Z resource that covers those contemporary authors and works that have enjoyed commercial success in the United States but are typically neglected by more "literary" guides. Written by literary scholars, this invaluable resource provides high school and college students with everything they need to know to understand the authors and works of American popular fiction.Coverage includes:

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