Published by Facts on File Inc, United States, 2008. Second (revised) edition.
This is a NEW 4-volume set with numerous highly-respected academic contributors spanning the history of American literature from 1607 to the present (2007).
A thoroughly expanded and revised edition of the award-winning (2002) set, the Encyclopedia of American Literature is an extensive reference work that spans the entire scope of American literature, from the colonial period to the present. Now in four chronological volumes and arranged alphabetically within each volume, this comprehensive encyclopedia includes entries reflecting writers, works, literary movements and more.
This major update boasts one new volume, approximately 1,000 new entries, and 300 new black-and-white illustrations. In addition, existing entries have been expanded and revised to reflect the latest scholarship, and each entry on a major author now contains a special section on how to research that author. Bibliographies have been expanded and updated, and epigraphs have been added to the most important author entries.Regionally and culturally inclusive, entries on writers describe key life events, provide thumbnail descriptions of and critical reactions to their works, and discuss the writer s significance in the literary period. Also included are bibliographies listing key critical and biographical resources, an index for each volume, and a general list of entries for the entire set. A chronology in each volume puts the literature of the period in context.
Whether you’re looking to study or improve your general knowledge on American Literature, this set is a must.