This title features contributors such as: Susan Clair Imbarrato, Carol Berkin, Brett Barney, Lisa Paddock, Matthew J. Bruccoli, George Parker Anderson, Judith S. Baughman, Carl Rollyson, and Marshall Boswell.Advisory Board includes: Emory Elliott, University of California, Irvine; Wendy Martin, Harvey Mudd Graduate College; Sandra Adell, University of Wisconsin; Matthew J. Bruccoli, University of South Carolina; Richard Layman, Bruccoli Clark Layman/Manly, Inc.; and Park Bucker, University of South Carolina - Sumter.A thoroughly expanded and revised edition of the award-winning set, "Encyclopedia of American Literature, Revised Edition" 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 that high school students and undergraduates are likely to encounter.This major update boasts one new volume, approximately 1,000 new entries, and 300 new black-and-white illustrations. The majority of the new entries are on works of literature, with a particular emphasis on those most read by high school and college students. 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.