Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism assembles critical responses to the works of 20th-century authors of all sorts—novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists, philosophers, political leaders, scientists, mathematicians and writers from other genres—from every region of the world.
Each of the more than 280 volumes in this long-standing series profiles approximately 3-6 novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists, philosophers or other creative and nonfiction writers by providing full-text or excerpted criticism reproduced from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers and scholarly journals. Clear, accessible introductory essays followed by carefully selected critical responses allow end-users to engage with a variety of scholarly views and conversations about authors, works and literary topics. Introductory essays are written and entries compiled by professional literature researchers and other subject matter experts. A full citation and annotation precede each of the approximately 50 essays per volume; many include an author portrait. The series currently covers more than 1,000 authors and also includes numerous entries focusing on literary topics and individual works. Student's writing papers or class presentations, instructors preparing their syllabi, or anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the 20th century will find this a highly useful resource.
This highly useful series presents substantial excerpts from the best criticism on the major literary figures and nonfiction writers, including novelists, poets, playwrights and literary theorists, of 1900 to 1999 -- the era most frequently studied in high schools. Each volume presents overviews of four to eight authors with chronologically arranged criticism representing the entire range of response to each author. A typical excerpt is prefaced by an annotation that explains the critic's reputation and critical philosophy and provides a synopsis of the excerpt. Approximately 90%-95% of critical essays are full text. Every fourth volume is a Topics volume covering major literary movements, trends, and other topics.
Djuna Barnes 1892-1982 (Entry devoted to the novel "Nightwood", 1936).
James M. Cain 1892-1977 (American novelist, screenwriter, and journalist).
Alejo Carpentier 1904-1980 (Entry devoted to the novel "The Lost Steps", 1953).