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The three-volume 1989 Latin American Writers introduced anglophone readers to the work of 149 Spanish and 27 Brazilian representative of Latin American letters from the discovery and colonial times to the great boom in narrative prose of the 1960s and 1970s. Here are essays on an additional 36, most more recent, but also some older writers who have since come to international attention. Isabel Allende, Gabriel García Márquez, Octavio Paz, and Mario Vargan Llosa are perhaps most likely to be familiar to English speakers. The bibliographies include any translations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Library Journal
This supplement to the three-volume Latin American Writers features 28 new essays (whose subjects include Isabel Allende, Rosario Ferr , Alvaro Mutis, and Elena Poniatowska) and eight revised essays (on Carlos Fuentes, Octavio Paz, and Gabriel Garc!a M rquez, among others). All the subjects are 20th-century writers from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries who have received significant critical attention. The essays, which average 15 pages in length, provide a brief biography and a discussion of the author's works, contextualizing both within their sociohistorical and literary frameworks. Each essay concludes with a substantial bibliography, including primary works, their English translations, and secondary works in English and Spanish or Portuguese. The contributions are well written and well informed, providing a synopsis of both positive and negative contemporary criticism and offering personal details of the authors' lives. The supplement ends with a cumulative index for all volumes and a selected list of international literary prizes awarded to Latin American authors. While comparable to the Dictionary of Literary Biography's Modern Latin-American Fiction Writers, this volume has a broader scope and includes writers not covered by that work. This is another fine literary reference from the Gale Group suitable for high school and college students as well as general readers. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries. Anna Youssefi, Rice Univ. Lib., Houston Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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With this ambitious effort, which incorporates in a single source 176 major writers from all 19 countries of Spanish America plus Brazil, Scribner makes a substantial addition to its ``Writer'' series. The book ranges widely--all genres and a sizeable proportion of women are included--and thus not all the names will be readily familiar to American readers. National representation corresponds to literary output; the six Central American countries are represented by only eight articles, whereas Argentina alone merits 34. The introductory essays, written by recognized authorities who summarize and synthesize each writer's contribution, vary in length from four to 18 pages, the average being eight; almost a quarter are translated. Appended to each biobibliographical essay is an unannotated bibliography consisting of original works, arranged chronologically; translations, arranged alphabetically but usually with no indication of the original title; and selected bilingual critical studies necessary for further research. The arrangement, chronological by birth date rather than alphabetical, renders the index in the third volume indispensable. Since nothing in English compares to the set's comprehensiveness, its long-term investment for academic and public libraries, both for literature reference departments as well as for collection development, will offset the price.-- Lawrence Olszewski, OCLC, Dublin, Ohio
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The newest addition to the Scribner's writers series traces the literary history of Mexico, Central America, the island republics, and both Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking South America from colonial times to the present day. The articles, in chronological order and averaging ten pages in length, range from Bartolome de las Casas (1474-1565), the Spanish Dominican missionary who successfully railed against enslavement of the Indians, to Reinaldo Arenas (1943- ), the Cuban novelist who fled to the United States in 1980. In all, the three-volume set covers 176 representative writers from twenty countries and spans five hundred years. Includes critical studies of poets, novelists, and playwrights as well as journalists, statesmen, revolutionaries, clergy, diarists, and philosophers, some known internationally, such as Carlos Fuentes, Jorge Luis Borges, and Octavio Paz, others known throughout Latin America, and still others known only in certain areas, times, or fields of interest. Indexed as a whole. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684805993
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 650
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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