Encyclopedia of American Popular Fiction

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Library Journal
A new installment in Facts On File's "Literary Movements" series, this resource contains an annotated listing of writers whose work has caught the attention of the American reader during the past 30 years as defined by sources like the New York Times and Publishers Weekly, with the authors and titles included weighted toward the past 15 years. Hamilton and Jones, both scholars of contemporary American literature, have gathered an accomplished team of contributors to write on the authors and their influential works. Although written for the reader of pop fiction, the 240 entries often include a deeper, more scholarly bent, e.g., the entry for Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary describes parallels with Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and its influence on Fielding's popular novel. This makes the work a good jumping-off point for the more serious scholar of popular fiction as well as those seeking something new to read. BOTTOM LINE What distinguishes this A-to-Z from similar bibliographies is its impressive range and currency; most others are less up-to-date and not nearly as broad in scope. A worthy addition to most libraries.—Sarah Sutton, Texas A&M Univ., Corpus Christi, TX
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Rather than addressing oft-analyzed authors and works deemed "literary," this title surveys bestselling authors published primarily over the past 30 years, from Paulo Coehlo to Ann Brashares. Alphabetically arranged entries address both the writers and their representative works. Entries dedicated to authors include a brief biographical sketch, which contextualizes their works. Entries on specific titles typically consist of plot summaries followed by brief analysis and often information about movie tie-ins. Cross-references indicated by small capital letters make navigation a breeze. While conceptually this volume is spot on, in actuality it may prove a tough sell. As the subjects included are contemporary by nature and entries brief, an online search or a visit to the author's Web site often renders much of the same, if not more up-to-date, information. The writing, though clear, sometimes veers into scholarly language and will prove difficult for more reluctant researchers. Conversely, those student researchers eager for critical analysis of bestselling authors will be better served by subscription databases such as Gale's Literature Resource Center. Still, for those libraries without the budget for more in-depth reference sets or databases, this single volume could be worthwhile.—Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816071579
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/17/2009
  • Series: Literary Movements Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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