Library Journal - Library JournalThis 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 - School Library JournalGr 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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