Children's Literature Review

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Library Journal
This work contains roughly 300 profiles of "authors, both living and dead, who were active in the early 1960s or later and remain popular in the mid-1990s." Coverage heavily favors Americansas typified by Maya Angelou, Tom Clancy, James Dickey, Carl Hiassen, Joyce Carol Oates, Oliver Sacks, and John Updikebut some foreign writers, mostly British and Canadian, are also represented. Each entry offers a thumbnail bio, lists of the author's publications and major critical studies, and a brief signed essay exploring the oeuvre. The volume concludes with three indexes (nationality, genre, and title) and notes on the 65 advisers and contributors, most of whom are academics. The profiles in this work are quite similar in style and format to those found in Gale's well-known "Contemporary Authors" series, and every author covered here also appears in that series. Because of this overlap, libraries that have the latter can safely pass on this work. On the other hand, small public and school libraries that cannot afford the "Contemporary Authors" series will find this a useful acquisition.Ken Kister, author of "Kister's Best Encyclopedias," Tampa, Fla.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up--Approximately 300 contemporary fiction and nonfiction authors, both popular and literary, are profiled. Alphabetically arranged, the brief entries begin with biographical data, followed by a bibliography of the subject's publications, divided by type. Written in an easy style, they provide readers with a sense of a writer's genre and appeal. A short signed critical essay that discusses the author's works completes each entry. Appendixes feature indexes by nationality, genre/subject, and title, as well as notes on contributors. This is by no means a major source of information about authors; its usefulness lies in the wide variety of writers discussed in one volume, making this a handy ready-reference tool for identification. The complete listing of works through 1995 is useful, especially for those seeking more titles by a favorite author.--Dana McDougald, Cedar Shoals High School, Athens, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787680459
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Series: Children's Literature Review Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Literary Criticism Series Advisory Board     xv
Sandra Cisneros 1954     1
Irish Children's Literature     77
Introduction     77
Representative Works     79
Overviews and General Studies     81
Mythology in Irish Children's Literature     93
History in Irish Children's Literature     100
Studies of Children's Works by Irish Authors     119
Further Reading     127
Jane Kurtz 1952     128
William Mayne 1928     150
CLR Cumulative Author Index     199
Literary Criticism Series Cumulative Topic Index     221
CLR Cumulative Nationality Index     235
CLR-123 Title Index     241
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