The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

by Christopher MacGowan
     
 

This student-friendly handbook provides an engaging overview of American fiction over the twentieth century, with entries on the important historical contexts and central issues, as well as the major texts and writers.

  • Provides extensive coverage of short stories and short story writers as well as novels and novelists
  • Discusses the cultural

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Overview

This student-friendly handbook provides an engaging overview of American fiction over the twentieth century, with entries on the important historical contexts and central issues, as well as the major texts and writers.

  • Provides extensive coverage of short stories and short story writers as well as novels and novelists
  • Discusses the cultural contexts and issues that shape the texts and their reputations
  • Wide-ranging in scope, including science fiction and recent Native American writing
  • Featured writers range from Henry James and Theodore Dresier to Toni Morrison, Don DeLillo, and Sherman Alexie
  • Ideal student accompaniment to courses in Twentieth-Century American Literature or Fiction

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This comprehensive guide to American fiction in the twentieth century provides a wealth of information on contemporary writers and their writings." (Booknews, 1 June 2011)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405160247
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Literature Handbooks Series, #20
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"In this wonderful book, Christopher MacGowan combines a comprehensive survey of major trends and themes with a series of lucid and focussed essays on significant writers and texts. Offering a lively and deeply informed introduction to American fiction of the twentieth century, this is essential reading for students of the subject at any level, and for anyone else interested in learning more about a vital period in American literary history."
Richard Gray, University of Essex

"This is one of the very few indispensible companions to a huge and complex field. Its coverage of key writers and works is impressive."
David Seed, University of Liverpool

Meet the Author

Christopher MacGowan is Professor of English at the College of William and Mary, USA. His numerous publications include work on William Carlos Williams, Denise Levertov, Sherwood Anderson, Ford Madox Ford, and Vladimir Nabokov.

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