BN.com Gift Guide

Fifty Southern Writers Before 1900: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

Overview

This collection deserves a long review in order to get the attention it has earned. But how would a reviewer do rounded justice in, say, five hundred words to fifty entries by fifty different scholar-critics on 'Southerners whose careers ended before 1900 or thereabouts'? Furthermore, each entry was required to follow a five-part pattern: 'a biographical sketch, a discussion of major themes, an assessment of the scholarship . . . a chronological list of the author's works, and a bibliography of selected ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (13) from $9.50   
  • New (4) from $44.77   
  • Used (9) from $9.50   
Sending request ...

Overview

This collection deserves a long review in order to get the attention it has earned. But how would a reviewer do rounded justice in, say, five hundred words to fifty entries by fifty different scholar-critics on 'Southerners whose careers ended before 1900 or thereabouts'? Furthermore, each entry was required to follow a five-part pattern: 'a biographical sketch, a discussion of major themes, an assessment of the scholarship . . . a chronological list of the author's works, and a bibliography of selected criticism.' That pattern reinforces a reference-work effect that the precise and experienced editors intended. Only a pedant will quible—yet will also regulary use the book and send students to it. It will outlast any reviewer now alive. American Literature

A companion volume to Fifty Southern Writers After 1900, this collection focuses on the work of writers whose careers ended before or about 1900, whose works are often anthologized, and whose writing figures prominently in the history of Southern letters. Each essay, written by a specialist in the field, contains five parts: a biographical sketch, a discussion of the author's major themes, an assessment of the scholarship on the author's works, a chronological list of works, and a bibliography of selected criticism. The selected essays treat the individual writers in substantial detail and offer a fresh attempt to estimate the achievements of the authors included as well as a valuable assessment of the secondary work and scholarship to date.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These companion volumes are at once sweeping and comprehensive. Noted scholars examine the lives and literature of 100 Southern authors, providing for each a brief biography, discussion of major themes, review of criticism, a bibliography on published works, and selected criticism. Volume 1 begins with 17th-century authors and works its way through the Revolutionary Period, but the bulk of the essays concentrate on the 19th century. An excellent segment deals with the neglected Southwest humorists and devotes attention to such black authors as George Moses Horton and Albery A. Whitman. Volume 2 purports to start with the Southern renascence, but using the cut-off date 1900 is arbitrary and creates confusion when consulting either of the two books. Oddly missing are 1985 Bollingen Prize winner Fred Chappell and veteran novelist Madison Jones. Still, the scholarship is meticulous and the essays are lucid and perceptive. Both volumes serve as valuable reference tools on a region of writers having universal appeal. Edward C. Lynskey, Documentation, Atlantic Research Corp., Alexandria, Va.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313245183
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/18/1987
  • Pages: 614
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Fifty Southern Writers Before 1900

Index

Contributors

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)