Biographical Companion to Literature in English / Edition 632

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Overview

This first U.S. editon of Collins Biographical Dictionary of English Literature (1993) was prepared with the the general reader in mind and students of literature of all ages. The lives and principal literary achievements of over 1500 writers are outlined in brief essays that emphasize the links between the life and art of each writer. Authors of works in other languages are included if they are widely read in English or have influenced the development of literature in English. Kamm also pays special attention to black, Jewish, and women's writing. Kamm takes into account the contributions of individual authors to the development of national literatures and cultural traditions. He covers novelists in numerous genres, from Petronius to Bellow, Stephen King to Vargas Llosa; short story writers from Hawthorne and Henry James to Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro and Eudora Welty; poets from Homer, Virgil, and Petrarch, to Heaney, Denise Levertov, and Walcott; dramatists from Sophocles to Shepard; diarists from Pepys to Anne Frank; as well as travelers, historians, biographers, critics, philosophers, clerics, religious reformers, and children's writers. The many suggestions for further reading have been chosen for their accessibility. The latest edition is listed for each, together with comprehensive bibliographical details, including subtitle and full name of translator and editors where appropriate.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
...substantive information, yet...usable as a quick reference source and can be easily scanned for key facts...a solidly balanced work...well-chosen literary representatives.
AB Bookman's Weekly
...a reference work that is at once extremely useful and enjoyable to read.
Ab Bookman's Weekly
...a reference work that is at once extremely useful and enjoyable to read.
Rettig On Reference
Literary biographies in reference collections are as thick as fallen leaves in late autumn. Nevertheless, in recognition of their ability to capture the essence of their subjects' lives and work, Kamm's biographies despite their brevity, merit inclusion among even the most extensive collections of literary biography.
American Reference Books Annual
...substantive information, yet...usable as a quick reference source and can be easily scanned for key facts...a solidly balanced work...well-chosen literary representatives.
Rettig On Reference
Literary biographies in reference collections are as thick as fallen leaves in late autumn. Nevertheless, in recognition of their ability to capture the essence of their subjects' lives and work, Kamm's biographies despite their brevity, merit inclusion among even the most extensive collections of literary biography..
AB Bookman's Weekly
...a reference work that is at once extremely useful and enjoyable to read..
Booknews
Profiles the lives and achievements of some 1,500 writers from ancient times to the present. Encompasses authors of works in other languages that are widely read in English or have influenced the development of literature in English, as well as black, Jewish, and women writers. Covers novelists in all genres, short story writers, poets, dramatists, and diarists, as well as writings by travelers, historians, biographers, critics, philosophers, clerics, and children's writers. Includes cross references and suggestions for further reading for each author. This reprint is especially prepared for American readers, and contains 43 new entries. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810833197
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 632
  • Pages: 632
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 1.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Antony Kamm has held various positions relating to the publishing world for over 20 years. He has served as editor at Oxford University Press, lecturer in publishing studies at the University of Stirling and as Senior Education Officer with the Commonwealth Secretariat. He has also served as a consultant for UNESCO, the World Bank and other international organizations in countries such as South Asia, the West Indies, and Africa. His publications include A Dictionary of British and Irish Writers and The Romans, an Introduction, as well as several book reviews and article contributions to Hutchinson's and Everyman's Encyclopedias.

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