World Authors, 2000-2005
Jennifer Curry, David Ramm, Mari Rich
Hw Wilson Company, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 800 pages
- Well-researched, in-depth accounts (averaging 3,000 words), explore writers' backgrounds, formative experiences, and literary achievements.
- Many autobiographical accounts, written specifically for this volume.
- Profiles also highlight critical response to authors' works.
- Entries include suggested reading lists and bibliographies.
- Photo of the author accompanies many of the entries.
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World authors, 2000-2005User Review - Book Verdict
This 16th installment in the "Wilson Authors" series is a current survey of writers who garnered critical attention from 2000 to 2005-or, as the preface states, "authors who have published significant work within the period." Editors Curry (ed.,Women's Rights , "Reference Shelf" series), David Ram (ed.,Nobel Prize Winners ), and Albert Rolls (language & literature, Touro Coll.) present introductory biobibliographical essays on 293 novelists, essayists, playwrights, poets, and other writers, from the famous (e.g., Joan Didion; Harold Pinter; Dan Brown) to the less well known (e.g., Audrey Niffenegger; Tommie Shelby; Ali Smith). An alphabetical listing of authors points to entries by page number; entries range in length from a single page to several pages, and each concludes with suggested readings and a listing of selected works. The well-written articles provide a rounded profile of the author's life, career, influences, and contribution to contemporary literature. Many essays are autobiographical or include first-person or third-person biographical statements, and critical reception of each author's work is also delineated. Photographs of the writers appear here and there.BOTTOM LINE This large volume updates standard literary guides on established writers. It is particularly valuable for its coverage of less prominent writers whose work is gaining international readership. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-Katharine A. Webb, Ohio State Univ. Libs., Columbus