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This is the second volume to be published by Garland in a series which will cover all Nobel Laureates (the first is Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences) . The articles on the recipients are arranged alphabetically, preceded by a chronological list including the 1988 winner, Najib Mahfouz. An introductory chapter describes the life of Alfred Nobel and the history of the prize. The signed articles of three to four pages, written by college faculty, give biographical information on the laureate and a limited amount of critical analysis on the laureate's works. Each article concludes with a selected bibliography of primary and secondary sources. There is a proliferation of volumes on the laureates, from Who's Who in Nobel Prize Winners (LJ 3/15/87) to Frank N. Magill's Nobel Prize Winners ( Salem Pr., 1988), a three-volume, $210 set on the literature winners. Since information on these winners is available in a variety of sources, the Garland book may be purchased by libraries needing additional sources on recognized authors.-- Christine Bulson, SUNY at Oneonta Lib.
Essays of about five pages on each of the Nobel Prize winners for literature from 1901 to 1988. The contributors are scholars of the particular national literature of the writers they cover. The essays discuss writing styles and themes, particular works, and the overall contribution to literature as well as biographical matters. Selected, quite short, primary and secondary bibliographies follow each article. The index lists all names mentioned, but not subjects. One of the Nobel Laureates Series, devoting a volume to each category of the prize. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)