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 439
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  • ISBN-10: 1410378136
  • ISBN-13: 9781410378132
  • DDC: 809
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • Shipping Weight: 2.90 lbs ( 1.32 kgs)
  • 492 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2019, 2019, 2019
  • © 2019 | 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.

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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 the author's biographical information, major works, and a critical reception section, followed by reprinted essays.

Table of Contents

Hernan Diaz 1973- [Entry devoted to the novel In the Distance (2017)].
Sally Rooney 1991- [Entry devoted to the novel Conversations with Friends (2017)].
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton 1983- [Entry devoted to the novel A Kind of Freedom (2017)].
Gabriel Tallent 1987- [Entry devoted to the novel My Absolute Darling (2017)].
2017 Literary Prizewinners and Honors.
Andrew Sean Greer 1970- Entry devoted to the novel Less (2017).
Kazuo Ishiguro 1954- (Japanese-born English novelist, short-story writer, and screenwriter).
George Saunders 1958- [Entry devoted to the novel Lincoln in the Bardo (2017)].
Jesmyn Ward 1977- [Entry devoted to the novel Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017)].
John Ashbery 1927-2017 (American poet, critic, playwright, essayist, and novelist).
Liu Xiaobo 1955-2017 (Chinese literary critic, poet, and political activist).
Derek Walcott 1930-2017 (Saint Lucian poet, playwright, and essayist).