AMERICAN WRITERS, Retrospective Supplement II By Jay Parini Number Of Pages: 615 Publication Date: 2002-12 ISBN-10: 0684312492 ISBN-13: 9780684312491
The American Writers book series, a collection of critical and biographical articles, now covers 219 notable authors from the 17th century to the present day. Signed essays of 12-15 pages in length, by noted scholars, provide thought-provoking insights into the lives, careers, and works. The essays are written in an appealing style, include numerous quotations, and conclude with bibliographies for further study.
The writers of fiction discussed in the Retrospective Supplement II are, in alphabetical order, James Baldwin, Saul Bellow, Kate Chopin, Theodore Dreiser, Ralph Ellison, Sarah Orne Jewett, Norman Mailer, Flannery O'Connor, Edgar Allan Poe, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Philip Roth, and Nathanael West. The poets are Elizabeth Bishop, Hart Crane, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Robert Lowell, and Sylvia Plath. These authors were chosen because of their immense visibility and interest to students and general readers. In each case, a considerable body of secondary literature has grown up around the life and work, although in each of these essays the author attempts to present a fresh reading of the material.