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100 great American novels you've (probably) never read /
Karl Bridges.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2007.
description
xvi, 248 p. ; 27 cm.
ISBN
1591581656 (alk. paper), 9781591581659 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2007.
isbn
1591581656 (alk. paper)
9781591581659 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
7168238
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-02-01:
Reference librarian Bridges (Univ. of Vermont Lib., Burlington) has compiled a unique list of lesser-known novels by American authors whose work reflects "the widest possible breadth of American writing." Unlike other such lists, including those from Nancy Pearl's "Book Lust" series (Sasquatch, 2003, 2005, 2007), this collection includes novels written during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries (up to 1997). Bridges takes a broad definition of "American," in some cases including authors of other nationalities who lived and wrote in the United States and in others American authors living and working abroad. Each entry is approximately two pages long and includes a two- to five-sentence snippet from the book, a synopsis, Bridges's critical commentary, a brief biography of the author, a list of other works by the author, and recommendations for further reading. Entries are labeled by genre, but no explanation or definition of the genres used is given (e.g., what is the difference between military fiction and war stories?). BOTTOM LINE Although this work more closely resembles the 2006 Facts On File Companion to the American Novel (edited by Abby Werlock), it contains far fewer entries. It is a good reference companion to books like Ian Ousby's almost three-decades-old but still-in-print A Reader's Guide to Fifty American Novels, which covers more traditional American novels. A useful addition to public and undergraduate library collections.-Sarah Sutton, Texas A&M Univ. Lib., Corpus Christi (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"Unlike other such lists....this collection includes novels written during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries....Bridges takes a broad definition of American, in some cases including authors of other nationalities who lived and wrote in the United States and in others American authors living and working abroad....A useful addition to public and undergraduate library collections." – Library Journal
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Long Description
Bridges has compiled a list of 100 American novels published between 1797 and 1997 and worthy of the title "great". Although the idea is to bring light to the obscure, these titles are physically accessible to readers-either in print, or represented in library collections and accessible through library loan. For each title, he provides a brief quotation from the book, a plot summary and review, a biographical sketch of the author, a list of the author's other publications, and resources to consult. Intended as a ready reference, this guide will be of particular interest to readers' advisors, as well as faculty and students of American literature.
Long Description
From Elizabeth Stoddard's The MorgesonS≪/i> and Anzia Yzierska's The Bread GiverS≪/i> to Laurie Colwin's Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object and Chet Raymo's The Dork of Cork, here are some of the forgotten gems of American literature. Bridges has compiled a diverse list of 100 American novels published between 1797 and 1997 and worthy of the title great. Although the idea is to bring light to the obscure, these titles are physically accessible to readerseither in print, or represented in library collections and available through library loan.
Long Description
From Elizabeth Stoddard's The Morgesons and Anzia Yzierska's The Bread Givers to Laurie Colwin's Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object and Chet Raymo's The Dork of Cork, here are some of the forgotten gems of American literature. Bridges has compiled a diverse list of 100 American novels published between 1797 and 1997 and worthy of the title great. Although the idea is to bring light to the obscure, these titles are physically accessible to readerseither in print, or represented in library collections and available through library loan.
Long Description
From Elizabeth Stoddard's The Morgesons and Anzia Yzierska's The Bread Givers to Laurie Colwin's Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object and Chet Raymo's The Dork of Cork, here are some of the forgotten gems of American literature. Bridges has compiled a diverse list of 100 American novels published between 1797 and 1997 and worthy of the title "great." For each title, he provides a brief quotation from the book, a plot summary and review commentary, a biographical sketch of the author, a list of the author's other publications, and resources to consult for further information. Intended as a ready reference, this guide will be of particular interest to readers' advisors, and faculty and students of American literature.
Description for Reader
For each title, he provides a brief quotation from the book, a plot summary and review commentary, a biographical sketch of the author, a list of the author's other publications, and resources to consult for further information. Intended as a ready reference, this guide will be of particular interest to readers' advisors, and faculty and students of American literature.
Bowker Data Service Summary
The author has compiled a list of 100 American novels published between 1797 and 1997 and worthy of the title 'great'. Although the aim is to bring light to the obscure, these titles are physically accessible to readers - either in print, or represented in library collections and accessible through library loan.
Long Description
From Elizabeth Stoddard's The Morgesons and Anzia Yzierska's The Bread Givers to Laurie Colwin's Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object and Chet Raymo's The Dork of Cork , here are some of the forgotten gems of American literature. Bridges has compiled a diverse list of 100 American novels published between 1797 and 1997 and worthy of the title great. Although the idea is to bring light to the obscure, these titles are physically accessible to readerseither in print, or represented in library collections and available through library loan.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
100 Great American Novels You've (Probably)
Never Read
Index
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