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.
Chris Abani 1966- (Nigerian novelist, playwright, and poet).
Andrei Bitov 1937- (Russian novelist, short-story writer, poet, travel writer, and essayist).
Astrid Lindgren 1907-2002 (Swedish author of children's fiction).
Sharon Olds 1942- (American poet and critic).