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 318
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  • ISBN-10: 1414470894
  • ISBN-13: 9781414470894
  • DDC: 809
  • Shipping Weight: 3.57 lbs ( 1.62 kgs)
  • 561 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2012, 2012
  • © 2012 | Published
  • Newer Edition Available



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 is a recurring publication which collects criticism and reviews on important contemporary authors.

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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.

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  • Contemporary Literary Criticism YEARBOOK volume is an annual publication featuring criticism on NEW AUTHORS, PRIZEWINNERS, and IN MEMORIAM entries (recently deceased authors), providing a retrospective of the previous year's events in contemporary literat

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  • Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC) is a recurring publication which collects criticism and reviews on important contemporary authors.


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Table of Contents

Maile Chapman.
Sonya Chung.
Adam Schwartzman 1973-.
Helen Simonson 1963-.
Tatjana Soli.
Miguel Syjuco 1976-.
2010 Literary Prizewinners and Honors
Dave Eggers 1970-.
Patti Smith 1946-.
Mario Vargas Llosa 1936-.
Louis Auchincloss 1917-2010.
Barry Hannah 1942-2010.
J. D. Salinger 1919-2010.
Alan Sillitoe 1928-2010.
Brief Obituaries.