Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Novelists, Poets, Playwrights, Short Story Writers, & Other Creative Writers Who Died Between 1900 & 1999

  • Series Name: Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism Series
  • Volume 260
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  • ISBN-10: 1414470401
  • ISBN-13: 9781414470405
  • DDC: 809
  • Shipping Weight: 3.00 lbs ( 1.36 kgs)
  • 473 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2012, 2011
  • © 2012 | Published
  • Newer Edition Available



Twentieth-Century Literature 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 240 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 nearly 600 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.

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Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism Series

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.

Features and Benefits

  • Entries in this volume include: Emily Carr, 1871-1945, Leo Tolstoy, 1828-1910; Anna Karenina (1875-77, and Mark Twain 1835-1910.
  • Cumulative author, topic, and nationality indexes in each volume.
  • Volume-specific title index in each volume (except topic volumes).
  • Cumulative title index to the entire series is available separately.

What's New

  • Each volume of TCLC features reprinted criticism and reviews on a set of noted authors and topics.


"This series is destined to aid both students and graduate assistants as they prepare for classes. Furthermore, it is a delight to browse through." -- American Reference Books Annual


"Both public and academic libraries will continue to find this an important and valuable resource for the study of twentieth-century literature." -- American Reference Books Annual [1997]


"A valuable series of reference works. There is no other source where researchers can find both basic facts about a writer and a well-chosen array of diverse opinions about his or her work. These durable volumes will withstand years of heavy use." -- ARBA (American Reference Books Annual) 1999


Table of Contents

Emily Carr, 1871-1945.
Leo Tolstoy, 1828-1910; Anna Karenina (1875-77.
Mark Twain 1835-1910.