Timetables of World Literature

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Chronicles world literature from the Classical Age through the twentieth century, discussing literary developments and the relationship between literature and the political and social climate of each historical period.

Chronicles world literature from the Classical Age through the twentieth century, discussing literary developments and the relationship between literature and the political and social climate of each historical period.

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Library Journal
Edited by the indefatigable Kurian, the name behind such reference standards as The Book of World Rankings and The Datapedia of the United States, this comprehensive reference provides chronological listings of 12,000 major literary works (by 9800 authors), including all genres of literature and ranging from the Classical Age through the 20th centuries. Similar in format to Gale's A Calendar of Literary Facts (CLF), edited by Samuel J. Rogal, Timetables of World Literature (TWL) helps academic researchers place major works of literature from 58 countries in historical and cultural context. While the more selective CLF includes brief annotations as well as specific birth/death/composition dates for all its entries, the much more comprehensive TWL features notes and dates only for the handful of writers deemed by Kurian to be the best of their era. Similarly, CLF includes both a year-by-year list and a day-by-day calendar, while TWL comprises a single yearly chronological list divided into seven time periods. On the other hand, TWL includes the Classical and Medieval periods, while CLF's coverage starts with 1450. TWL also features four extensive indexes (title, author, language, and genre), which are more useful than CLF's single author/title index. Still, libraries that cannot own both titles should opt for CLF for its stronger annotations and clearer focus.-Peter Dollard, Alma Coll., Mt. Pleasant, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Gr 9 Up-A useful resource for locating information about who wrote what, when, and who else published during the period. More than 12,000 titles and 9800 authors are represented, as are all genres of literature. The book is arranged chronologically, beginning with the Classical Age (to A.D. 100) and ending with the year 2000. Each of the chapters (or eras) contains a brief discussion of literary developments, major writers, and social and political factors. Notable births, deaths, and publications for a certain year are followed by works in English, French, German, and other languages. Beginning with the 20th century, literary prizes and awards are noted by year, including Newbery and Caldecott winners. In most cases, titles are in the original language of the author. American and Irish publications in English are distinguished from those in British English as are titles in Belgian French and the many countries of origin with literature written in Spanish. Works are indexed by title, author, genre, and language. This will be a useful resource for quick facts, recommendations, and research, and for browsing by literature aficionados.-Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816041978
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

The Classical Age (to A.D. 100) 1
The Middle Ages (100-1500) 13
The Sixteenth Century 31
The Seventeenth Century 47
The Eighteenth Century 67
The Nineteenth Century 89
The Twentieth Century 151
Bibliography 299
Title Index 301
Author Index 341
Genre Index 363
Language Index 409
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