Contemporary Literary Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Today's Novelists, Poets, Playwrights, Short Story Writers, Scriptwriters, & Other Creative Writers

  • Series Name: Contemporary Literary Criticism Series
  • Volume 354
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  • ISBN-10: 1414494580
  • ISBN-13: 9781414494586
  • DDC: 809
  • Shipping Weight: 3.20 lbs ( 1.45 kgs)
  • 360 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2014, 2014
  • © 2014 | Published
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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.

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Contemporary Literary Criticism Series

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.

Features and Benefits

  • Each volume of CLC features reprinted criticism and reviews on a set of noted authors and topics.
  • Each entry includes a brief Introduction, including an overview of author's biographical information; major works, and a critical reception section, followed by reprinted essays.

What's New

  • This volume, the Contemporary Literary Criticism Yearbook 2012, focuses more specifically on the year's literary activities and features a larger number of currently noteworthy authors than is possible in a standard CLC volume.
  • Entries in this volume include: Ben Fountain, Peter Heller, Rachel Joyce, Kevin Powers, Francesca Segal, M. L. Stedman, G. Willow Wilson, Louise Erdrich, Hilary Mantel, Mo Yan, Carlos Fuentes, Adrienne Rich, and Josef Škvorecký.

Table of Contents

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).