Nonfiction Classics for Students provides in-depth literary and historical background on the most commonly studied nonfiction essays, books, biographies and memoirs in a streamlined, easy-to-use format. Covering 15-20 works per volume, this reference series gives high school and undergraduate students an ideal starting point for class assignments, term papers and special projects. Entry sections include:
Author biography -- a brief biographical introduction to the author
Key figures -- an annotated list of principal characters
Compare and contrast -- a comparison between society at the time the work was created and contemporary society
Style -- a general discussion of the organization and construction of the work
Historical and cultural context -- a general overview of the social, political and cultural climate at the time the work was created
Introduction -- a general overview of the work
Principal themes -- an examination of the works principal themes
Summary -- a general summary of the work incorporating explication
Entries also include original critical essays written by academics in the field, supplemented by full or excerpted previously published essays. Each volume also provides approximately 50 illustrations, including historical maps where appropriate, a chronology of important literary and world events and a glossary of key terms. The 5 volume set also includes a comprehensive general index as well as author, theme and nationality/ethnicity indexes.
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