Modern American Literature, 5th Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1558625372
  • ISBN-13: 9781558625372
  • DDC: 810.9005
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
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  • Original Copyright 1999 | Published/Released October 2003
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 1999

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This important reference gives readers fascinating insight into the careers of nearly 500 20th-century writers. Entries are comprised of important critical excerpts, chronologically arranged, and collected from a wide variety of sources such as books, scholarly journals, general periodicals and newspapers. Recently acquired from the Continuum Publishing Company, this new edition greatly expands the coverage of this respected work, including a greater number of black and women writers. Authors covered include:

  • Isaac Asimov
  • Kay Boyle
  • Don DeLillo
  • Rita Dove
  • Louise Erdrich
  • Oscar Hijuelos
  • Mary (Catherine) Gordon
  • Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Tony Kushner
  • Grace Paley
  • Henry Roth
  • Ntozake Shange
  • August Wilson

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 1558623795 | ISBN-13: 9781558623798


"Useful for libraries that like to make available prepackaged literary criticism or for those that lack extensive print or full-text database journal collections." -- CHOICE (July/August 1999)

— Choice

"St. James Press has breathed new life into two 20th century literature standards (this one and Encyclopedia of World Literature in the Twentieth Century, 3rd ed.)." -- Rettig on Reference on (June 1999)

— Choice

"This work consists of short excerpts of criticism of 20th-century American authors by important critics writing in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, and books. The excerpts (ranging in length from one or two paragraphs to two columns) are allowed to stand on their own without separate plot synopses, summaries, or background information on the authors...The original words of the critics (often great writers themselves with their own entries) are arranged chronologically to paint a picture of the critical reception of an author over time...This new fifth edition consolidates earlier editions...and adds 70 new entries, bringing the total number of authors covered to 489. For public and academic libraries." -- Library Journal (May, 1999)

— Library Journal