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Encyclopedia of American Literature

Encyclopedia of American Literature

by Steven R. Serafin (Editor), Alfred (Eds.) Bendixon, Alfred Bendixen (Editor)

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Gr 9 Up-From Edward Abbey to Louis Zukofsky, this wonderfully browsable volume will be a grand addition to any collection. It includes more than 1100 signed entries covering the Colonial period to the present and examines such topics as "Children's Literature," "Gay Male Literature," "Transcendentalism," and "Utopia." The articles are well written, well researched, and, well, quite readable. They vary in length from six paragraphs on the pop-culturalist Tama Janowitz to seven pages on Herman Melville. Unfortunately, there are a couple of glaring gaps in the otherwise inclusive articles. The entry on John Guare contains no mention of Marco Polo Sings a Solo (one of his most popular and often revived plays), and Jane Kenyon, an important contemporary poet, is mentioned only as the wife of poet Donald Hall. The index does not include the titles of works (only people and a few subjects). Despite these flaws and the fact that there are a number of typos, this is a good book.-Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
This guide and companion to American literature<-->a decade in the making<-->spans from colonial times to the present and comprises 1,100 biographical and critical entries by 300 contributors. Entries range from less than half a page to seven or eight pages; each is signed and includes a bibliography. In addition to profiles and appraisals of individual authors, 70 topical articles pertaining to genre, period, ethnicity, and discipline discuss such topics as African American literature, Canada, the detective story, folklore, humor, regionalism, utopia, and war, to name but a few. An admirable reference useful to a wide range of readers<-->from high school students seeking context for an assigned book or a starting place for research, to a general audience needing a source of enlightenment and enrichment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

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