These four entries in the massive "Dictionary of Literary Biography" (DLB) series provide an exhaustive look at the some 100 literary Nobel laureates of the 20th and 21st centuries, from Theodor Mommsen through Harold Pinter. As in other volumes of the series, each listing features an author photo with birth and death dates, a detailed list of the author's writings, a lengthy biographical sketch by a scholar, and a very thorough bibliography of reference sources. Other illustrations include the occasional book jacket and manuscript page (T.S. Eliot's longhand corrections to The Waste Land's typescript is one such peach). The biographical essays, ranging from seven to 15 pages, are clear and, while scholarly, tend to follow the author's life and work without falling into heavy interpretation or criticism, which makes them user friendly and accessible to students and lay readers.