Each volume of the Dictionary of World Biography contains 250 entries on the lives of the individuals who shaped their times and left their mark on world history. This is not a who's who. Instead, each entry provides an in-depth essay on the life and career of the individual concerned. Essays commence with a quick reference section that provides basic facts on the individual's life and achievements. The extended biography places the life and works of the individual within an historical context, and the summary at...
Each volume of the Dictionary of World Biography contains 250 entries on the lives of the individuals who shaped their times and left their mark on world history. This is not a who's who. Instead, each entry provides an in-depth essay on the life and career of the individual concerned. Essays commence with a quick reference section that provides basic facts on the individual's life and achievements. The extended biography places the life and works of the individual within an historical context, and the summary at the end of each essay provides a synopsis of the individual's place in history. All entries conclude with a fully annotated bibliography.
These two books are part of the ten-volume "Dictionary of World Biography," a revision of the 30-volume "Great Lives from History" series (Salem, 1987+; LJ 6/1/87, Vols. 1-5). While the original series was organized geographically, the ten-volume revision is organized chronologically. New entries have been added to each volume, and bibliographies have been updated to include sources published since the "Great Lives" series was first released. The Middle Ages, covering 450 to 1400, includes prominent figures from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. There are 278 essays (16 of which are new) examining subjects from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Kublai Khan. The Renaissance, covering 1400 to 1600, includes 211 essays (26 of which are new) on individuals in the arts, politics, government, culture, science and technology, and religion. The three- to four-page entries, which cover the subject's early life and contributions to world history, are detailed yet accessible to students and others interested in basic information. Annotated, evaluative bibliographies are included with each essay, as are black-and-white illustrations. Indexes by area of achievement, geography, and name make these volumes easy to use. Gale's recent Encyclopedia of World Biography covers more historical figures, and there is considerable overlap between the two sets, but the chronological layout of the Dictionary of World Biography makes it a good choice for libraries looking for a biographical resource organized by historical era. Although the ten volumes are meant to be used as a set, individual volumes can stand alone and can be purchased separately by libraries looking for material in specific historical periods. Recommended for public and academic libraries.--Michele McGraw, Hennepin Cty. P.L., Edina, MN Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-These books, part of a projected 10-volume set, are extremely readable and well organized. Based on the "Great Lives from History" series (Salem), which was organized geographically, they add some new material and present the data chronologically. The alphabetically arranged articles are two to four pages long. They begin with a list of the essential facts (birth/death info, areas of achievement, contribution to history), and end with a summary and an annotated bibliography. The indexes allow readers to search by area of achievement, geographic location, and name. Thus, they can quickly find a list of artists, patrons, warriors, or even people from Asia Minor. The black-and-white reproductions are often excellent, and occasionally very dramatic; unfortunately, captions are not always included. Still, even if you have "Great Lives from History," you may want these volumes. The updates and the reorganization give them added value and, not only should the entire set become a standard research tool, but it's also a delight to browse.-Herman Sutter, Saint Pius X High School, Houston, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Third installment in a projected ten-volume revision and reordering, with new entries added, of the Great Lives from History series covering the lives of important personages from the ancient world through the 20th century. Two hundred eleven essays range from 2,000 to 3,000 words and begin with ready-reference listings, including a brief statement summarizing the individual's contribution to his or her society and later ages. The body of the articles provides information on early life, life's work, and an overview of his or her place in history. Indexed by area of achievement and by geographical location as well as by name. Contains many b&w photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.