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.
E. L. Doctorow 1931- (Entry devoted to the novel "Ragtime", 1975).
Toni Morrison 1931- (Entry devoted to the novel "The Bluest Eye", 1970).
Esmeralda Santiago 1948- (Puerto Rican-born American novelist, memoirist, essayist, and children’s-fiction writer).
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick 1950-2009 (American literary critic and theorist, essayist, and poet).