eBook Magill's Survey of World Literature, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1587654466
  • ISBN-13: 9781587654466
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 2918 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released October 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009
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This title is a unique combination of biography and critical analysis, covering major writers from outside the United States and their significant works in fiction, drama, poetry, and nonfiction. This comprehensive, six-volume set offers profiles of major authors of fiction, drama, poetry, and essays, each with sections on biography, general analysis, and analysis of the author's most important works - novels, short stories, poems, and works of nonfiction. The completely revamped edition, covering 380 writers at the heart of literary studies. Scope and coverage: For this edition, 87 new authors have been added to the 293 already profiled. These new writers span both the globe, representing 45 different countries, and time, from the 6th century B.C.E. to the 21st century. This new edition features more women writers and authors of children's and young adult literature. The literary scope of this reference work is remarkable. All the original essays were reevaluated for their currency, and were given substantial revision, in many cases by the original contributor. The 'Biography,' 'Analysis,' and 'Summary' sections were updated to include recent developments: new titles or awards, changes in residence or employment, and alterations in critical and popular reception. For these essays, one or more sections on specific works (novels, poems, short stories) were added. For all essays, the bibliographies - lists of the author's works and sources for further consultation - were revised to provide readers with the latest information. A new feature for this edition is a sidebar in each essay called 'Discussion Topics'. These provocative questions will prompt classroom debates on the writer's body of work, specific works, or life as it relates to his or her literature. Aimed at students, teachers, and members of reading groups, they can be used as paper topics or conversation points.


"This set is a revised version of the outstanding Marshall Cavendish offering from 1993 (with a 1995 supplement). Many original essays were revised and updated to include recent developments, including new works or changes in critical or popular standing. 380 authors from more than 60 countries range from ancient masters like Homer and Li Po to modern scribes like Isabel Allende and Arundhati Roy and include poets, playwrights and novelists. The main text of each entry features a biographical overview, an analysis that discusses the author’s style and thematic focus, a review of the author’s major works—including thumbnail photos of relevant book covers-- and a summary of the author’s overall contributions to literature. Entries also include a bibliography of works both by and about the author. The entries are written with a high school audience in mind. The analyses of major works provide brief plot summaries and a critical look at the important literary elements present in the work, affording young students early exposure to literary criticism well within their reach. Each entry also includes a set of discussion questions that could lead to deeper inquiry into the author and his works. The last volume includes a glossary of literary terms, a category list of authors by genre, a geographical list and author and title indexes. This collection examines the work of an ample cross-section of writers from different eras and regions of the world and would act as a perfect starting point for individual or group study of one or more authors. Highly recommended for high school and community college libraries."--Doug's Student Reference Room, August 2009

— Doug Achterman