American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies

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This supplement, the latest addition to the well-known ``American Writers'' series, includes 29 authors. All except Frederick Douglass, the 19th-century orator and writer, are 20th-century poets, novelists, dramatists, and essayists. Baechler and Litz have selected 14 poets, including Djuna Barnes, Jean Toomer, and Alice Walker, whose writing encompasses other genres. The biographical essays, written by scholars and critics, present the authors' lives and works comprehensively, incorporating analysis, interpretation, criticism, and biographical detail. Bibliographies of works, critical studies, and manuscripts follow each essay. This supplement includes a cumulative index. Highly recommended for libraries supporting American literature studies.-- Cheryl L. Conway, Univ. of Arkansas Lib., Fayetteville
The American writers series consists of four base volumes and Supplements I, II, and III, covering a total of 184 novelists, poets, short-story writers, playwrights, critics, and philosophers. This collection of critical studies encompasses all major authors from the seventeenth century to the present. Supplement III adds coverage of 29 writers. These original, critical introductions are written in an appealing style by noted scholars, include numerous quotations from the writers' works, and conclude with bibliographies for further study. Supplement III also adds to the set a cumulative index covering the four original volumes and all three supplements. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684193571
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 11/28/1991
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 1.22 (d)

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