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G. K. Hall's three series of critical essays give comprehensive coverage of major authors worldwide and throughout history. The full range of literary traditions and schools is represented. Each new volume is carefully conceived and developed to fill a gap in the literary criticism available today. Volume editors are established authorities on the lives, works, and critical receptions of their subjects. They are uniquely qualified to ensure the spectrum of critical controversies, trends, and techniques inspired by their subjects in their own countries and abroad, in their own eras and today. Each volume features: an introduction which provides the reader with a lucid overview of criticism from its beginnings illuminating controversies, evaluating approaches, and sorting out the schools of thought the most influential reviews and the best of reprinted scholarly essays; a section devoted exclusively to reviews and reactions by the subject's contemporaries original essays, new translations, and revisions commissioned especially for the series; previously unpublished materials such as interviews, lost letters, and manuscript fragments; a bibliography of the subject's writings and interviews; and a name and subject index. Marguerite Duras, a French intellectual writer who catapulted to fame in the 1950s and 1960s, earned international recognition for her best-seller The Lover in 1984. One feature that distinguishes Duras from the New Novelists and most other writers of the period is her excoriating yet unconscious sense of bereavement. Over the five decade span of her literary career, she underwent many transformations, each of which has added to the richness of her work. She began with realism in the 40s, then focused her efforts on producing the new novel in the 50s and 60s, worked with film in the 70s, and most recently in the 80s and 90s she has turned increasingly towards autobiography and eroticism.