Contemporary Literary Criticism assembles critical responses to the writings of the world’s most renowned novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers, scriptwriters, and other creative writers and provides supplementary biographical context and bibliographic material to guide the reader to a greater understanding of the genres and creators. Each entry includes a set of previously published reviews, essays and other critical responses from sources that include scholarly books and journals, literary magazines, interviews, websites, and other sources, carefully selected to create a representative history and cross-section of critical responses.
CONTEMPORARY LITERARY CRITICISM covers authors who are currently active or who died after December 31, 1959. Each print volume in this long-standing series profiles approximately 6-8 novelists, poets, playwrights and other creative and nonfiction writers by providing full-text or excerpted criticism taken from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers and scholarly journals. Approximately 90-95% of critical essays are full text. Each of the approximately 200 essays per volume is prefaced by a full citation and annotation and most entries in the print series include an author portrait. Each volume includes cumulative author name, topic, and nationality indexes, as well as a volume-specific title index. A cumulative title index to the entire series is available separately.
Ben Fountain 1958- (Entry devoted to the novel Billy Flynn’s Long Halftime Walk, 2012).
Peter Heller 1959- (Entry devoted to the novel The Dog Stars, 2012).
Rachel Joyce 1962- (Entry devoted to the novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, 2012).
Kevin Powers 1980- (Entry devoted to the novel The Yellow Birds, 2012).
Francesca Segal 1980- (Entry devoted to the novel The Innocents, 2012).
M. L. Stedman 19??- (Entry devoted to the novel The Light between Oceans, 2012).
G. Willow Wilson 1982- (Entry devoted to the novel Alif the Unseen, 2012).
Louise Erdrich 1954- (American novelist, poet, essayist, short-story writer, and author of children’s books).
Hilary Mantel 1952- (British novelist, memoirist, and short-story writer).
Mo Yan 1955- (Chinese novelist and short-story writer).
Carlos Fuentes 1928-2012 (Mexican novelist, dramatist, and essayist).
Adrienne Rich 1929-2012 (American poet and essayist).
Josef Škvorecký 1924-2012 (Czechoslovakian novelist, short-story writer, essayist, poet, screenwriter, translator, and editor).