Catalogue


Encyclopedia of world writers, 1800 to the present /
Marie Josephine Diamond, general editor.
edition
[New ed.].
imprint
New York : Facts On File, 2011.
description
xxxiv, 605 p.
ISBN
9780816082049 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Facts On File, 2011.
isbn
9780816082049 (alk. paper)
general note
"Maria DiBattista [and] Julian Wolfreys, adviser[s] to the First Edition."
catalogue key
8211094
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
In recent years, schools have started introducing more inclusive syllabi emphasizing the works and ideas of previously overlooked or underrepresented writers. Readers of all ages can now explore the rich contributions of writers from around the world. These writers have various backgrounds, and unlike most writers from the U.S. or the United Kingdom, information on them in English can be difficult to find. Encyclopedia of World Writers: 1800 to the Present covers the most important writers outside of the U.S., Britain, and Ireland since 1800. More than 330 insightful, A-to-Z entries profile novelists, poets, dramatists, and short-story writers whose works are anthologized in textbooks or assigned in high school English classes. Entries range in length from 200 to 1,000 words each and include a biographical sketch, synopses of major works, and a brief bibliography. Dozens of entries are new to this edition and many existing entries have been updated and significantly expanded with new Critical Analysis sections.Coverage includes:
Chinua Achebe
Margaret Atwood
Roberto Bolao
Albert Camus
Khalid Hosseini
Victor Hugo
Mohammad Iqbal
Franz Kafka
Stieg Larsson
Mario Vargas Llosa
Naghib Mahfouz
Gabriel Garca Mrquez
Kenzaburo Oe
Marcel Proust
Leo Tolstoy
Emile Zola
and more.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2012-01-01:
Like the earlier Encyclopedia of World Writers: 19th and 20th Centuries (CH, Mar'04, 41-3780), this volume, also edited by Diamond (Rutgers) features profiles of major world poets, playwrights, and fiction writers outside the UK, Ireland, and the US. The oldest author included is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), and the youngest is Aravind Adiga of India (1974- ). The volume includes a general introduction to trends in world literature, chronological listing of authors, breakdown by geographic region and language, selected bibliography, and extensive index of names and works. Each entry begins with a brief biography and summary of the author's career and concludes with recommended readings in English by and about the author. Coverage of eastern Europe and the Balkans, along with non-European regions, has been expanded, as have critical analyses of major texts. The book's clear, unpretentious style is designed to engage the attention of students. As Diamond points out in her introduction, translations of literature are more important than ever in today's shrinking world, where national boundaries and identities are in flux. This is a useful, affordable guide to world literature. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers. J. M. Alexander Carnegie Mellon University
Appeared in Library Journal on 2011-10-15:
Diamond (French comparative literature, Rutgers; Women: Revolution and Global Expression) here provides a nine-page introduction tracing the political and social changes-colonialism, romanticism, decadence, totalitarianism, and globalization-that have affected world literature since 1800. The main body includes more than 330 alphabetically arranged entries on writers from countries other than the United States, Britain, and Ireland, composed with attention to specific titles; literatures and literary movements are also examined. Coverage of some authors takes the form of short, critical analyses such as comments on themes, particular subjects addressed in their writings, and lessons they strive to impart. References to additional works and biographies of the author close the entries. Helpful additions include a chronological list of authors profiled; a list of geographical areas represented; a 20-page bibliography; and an extensive index that encompasses authors, genres, specific titles, and literary movements. BOTTOM LINE Several years more recent than Frank N. Magill and Tracy Irons Georges's Cyclopedia of World Authors (4th rev. ed., Salem, 2004) and Tracy -Chevalier's Contemporary World Writers (2d ed., St. James Pr., 1993), this work is a good starting point for high school and college students undertaking literary research about these emerging world writers, many of whom are not easily defined as nationals of a particular country.-Marilyn Lary, San Bernardino, CA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
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Library Journal, October 2011
Booklist, December 2011
School Library Journal, December 2011
Choice, January 2012
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Summaries
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An A-Z guide to approximately 300 writers whose works are anthologized in textbooks or assigned in high school English courses. Each entry includes a biographical sketch, synopsis of major works, and a brief bibliography - these range in length from 200 to 1000 words.
Main Description
In recent years, schools have started introducing more inclusive syllabi emphasizing the works and ideas of previously overlooked or underrepresented writers. These writers have various backgrounds, and unlike most writers from the U.S. or the United Kingdom, information on them in English can be difficult to find. Encyclopedia of World Writers: 1800 to the Present covers the most important writers outside of the U.S., Britain, and Ireland since 1800. More than 330 insightful, A-to-Z entries profile novelists, poets, dramatists, and short-story writers whose works are anthologized in textbooks or assigned in high school English classes. Entries range in length from 200 to 1,000 words each and include a biographical sketch, synopses of major works, and a brief bibliography. Dozens of entries are new to this edition and many existing entries have been updated and significantly expanded with new "Critical Analysis" sections.

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