HarperCollins Reader's Encyclopedia of American LiteratureBook - 1991-
Includes information about writers and their works, significant literary magazines and reviews, and descriptions of famous fictional people and places.
A classic reference work originally published forty years ago, The Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature is an irresistable guide to nearly everything there is to know about American literature. The thousands of entries, contributed by more than 130 scholars, include biographies of novelists, playwrights, poets and critics, summaries of books and plays, descriptions of characters, definitions of literary terms and movements, and much more. Featuring hundreds of longer essays on broad topics of interest such as Native American Prose and Poetry, Jewish American Literature, Humor in the United States, and Motion Pictures, the REAL is an authoritative and engrossing-- and often quirky -- guide to American life and the canon in all its variety and vigor.
This new edition, the first since 1991, has added 300 new writers who have come to prominence in the last decade, from Amy Tan and E. Annie Proulx to Oscar Hijuelos, Paul Auster, David Guterson, and many more. Over 1300 existing entries have been revised and updated in light of recent scholarship.
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The HarperCollins Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature is a renowned and much loved reference classic. With more than six thousand entries, it is the most comprehensive single-volume encyclopedia of the literature of the United States, Canada, and Latin America.
Based on a work first published in 1962 and last updated in 1991 under the title Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature, this new edition has been completely revised for today's readers. It contains thousands of concise but complete entries on a vast variety of authors, titles, and other topics of general cultural interest, including hundreds of brand-new entries documenting all of the figures to have emerged in the literary world in the past decade.
Each biographical entry provides all the relevant details about an author's life, summarizes his or her major and lesser works, evaluates the critical consensus, and often lists secondary biographical and critical works. Title entries provide interesting sidelights on sources or critical reception and often provide plot synopses. Articles on major authors and broad topics such as Jewish American literature, children's literature, humor in the United States, and motion pictures were contributed by more than 130 scholars noted in their fields.
Newly revised and updated with three hundred entries on the latest literary stars in the U.S., this reference guide to American literature features more than six thousand entries on novelists, playwrights, poets, and critics.