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Detroit 1994 Original Artificial Leather Second Impression (First Ed. sam New. No Jacket N. 1052 Pages. Minor wear to covers Standard Reference Guide to Short Fiction. A large, ... substantial book. Includes the most significant writers of short fiction from the 19th and 20th centuries along with a list of their bibliography, critical studies, educational details, military service, marriage(s) awards and honors. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Over 3 kilos. Category: Bibliographies; Literary History & Criticism; n. ISBN: 1558623345. ISBN/EAN: 9781558623347. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 005226. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

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Devoted to those practitioners of the art of short fiction, this new 2nd edition offers thorough coverage of approximately 375 authors and 400 of their works. In a single volume, Reference Guide to Short Fiction features often-studied authors from around the world and throughout history, all selected for inclusion by a board of experts in the field.

Reference Guide to Short Fiction is divided into two sections for easy study. The first section profiles the authors and offers personal and career details, as well as complete bibliographical information. A signed essay helps readers understand more about the author. These authors are covered:
-- Sandra Cisneros
-- Nikolai Gogol
-- Ernest Hemingway
-- Langston Hughes
-- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
-- Salman Rushdie
-- Jean-Paul Sartre
-- Edith Somerville
-- Eudora Welty
-- And others

Section two helps readers gain deeper understanding of the authors and the genre with critical essays discussing 400 important works, including:
-- "The Hitchiking Game", Milan Kundera
-- "The Swimmer", John Cheever
-- "The Dead", James Joyce
-- "A Hunger Artist", Franz Kafka
-- "How I Met My Husband", Alice Munro
-- "Kew Gardens", Virginia Woolf

This one-stop guide also provides easy access to works through the title index.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In this superb reference work, coverage of the major short fiction authors of the 19th and 20th centuries is so exhaustive that it results in a virtual who's who of the genre. Expected entries on Joyce, Faulkner, Dostoevsky, Chopin, Wharton, Dinesen, Hemingway, and Hurston are joined by those on Chinua Achebe, Joao Guimaraes Rosa, Karel Capek, and Kawabata Yasunari, making this a truly inclusive work. It is divided into two parts: the first covers more than 300 authors and includes a biography, bibliography, and essay on each author. The second covers selected short stories, offering not only a plot summary but a critical interpretation as well. The St. James work is more compact one volume vs. seven than Magill's Critical Survey of Short Fiction LJ 8/93 yet contains more detailed coverage of each author. An essential purchase for all libraries.-- Neal Wyatt, Mary Washington Coll. Lib., Fredericksburg, Va.
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Discussed here are 325 writers and 400 individual works of short fiction. The writers are the "most significant" from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as recommended by advisers, who are listed in the prefatory material. The book covers foreign as well as English-language literature Entries for writers are arranged alphabetically, from Chinua Achebe to Mikhail Zoshchenko. Each includes a biography, primarily a who's who-type listing of dates, degrees, awards, etc. Following are a complete bibliography of the author's published works, listing not only short fiction but novels, verse, plays, and other works and a bibliography of secondary English-language sources. Finally, an essay, usually under 1,000 words, discusses the writer's important short works and makes some general statements about his or her major themes and significance. "See" references are provided for individual works, if any, that are discussed in the "Works" section of the volume. Though the emphasis is not on contemporary fiction, a number of still relatively young writers, such as Tatiana Tolstaia, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Ann Beattie, are discussed Entries for works are arranged alphabetically by title; these are also generally under 1,000 words in length. Not every author discussed in the previous section is represented in "Works"; a few, such as John Updike and Flannery O'Connor, are represented by several stories. The 400 works discussed are, according to the "Editor's Note," "the best-known short stories and novellas written in, or translated to, English." These range from the familiar classics, "A Christmas Carol" by Dickens and "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry, to works by Mavis Gallant, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Joyce Carol Oates. The earliest work is "The Marquise of O," written in 1810. The latest, "Wilderness Tips" by Margaret Atwood, was published in 1991 Several useful lists appear before the main body of the work, including alphabetical and chronological lists of writers and works. An introduction reviews the development of the short story form, and a reading list provides citations to general histories. The text is further supported by a title index and notes on the 150 contributors, most of whom have academic credentials Similar works are" Magill's Critical Survey of Short Fiction", newly revised in 1993, and "Masterplots II Short Story Series" 1986. "Magill's" has articles on 363 writers from all periods, including a number of contemporaries, such as T. Coraghessan Boyle, David Leavitt, and Ben Okri, not found in the St. James volume. Though both sources supply critical analysis, the "Reference Guide" has more biographical information and more extensive bibliographies. The "Masterplots" set provides analysis of 700 nineteenth- and twentieth-century stories. The "Reference Guide" provides the convenience of having authors and individual works presented in a single volume. Recommended for academic, high school, and public libraries, although those that own the "Magill's" and "Masterplots" sets may not consider the "Reference Guide" a necessary purchase.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558623347
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 12/28/1993
  • Series: St. James Reference Guide Ser.
  • Pages: 1052
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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