American Writers, Supplement IV By Jay Parini Number Of Pages: 911 Publication Date: 2000-01-01 ISBN: 0684197855 ISBN: 9780684197852
The thirty-five essays in this fourth supplement maintain the original goals of the series: providing—for students in secondary and advanced education, librarians, scholars, critics, and teachers—a comprehensive treatment of the work and life of each author. In fact, Supplement IV is distinguished by a table of contents that includes writers and critics as diverse as Joan Didion and Gore Vidal, Paul Bowles and Neil Simon, Donald Barthelme and E. L. Doctorow, Mary Gordon and Joseph Heller, Ayn Rand and Wallace Stegner. As with the essays of the original series, Supplement IV offers expertly conceived and informative essays on writers who portray the rich diversity of our literary heritage. These writers remind us, by their disparate yet bold endeavors of the literary life, that the readers of each generation must continue to reevaluate the impact and influence of particular writers and their major works in order to maintain the vitality of that heritage.
MAYA ANGELOU LOUIS AUCHINCLOSS DONALD BARTHELME ROBERT BLY PAUL BOWLES RAY BRADBURY RAYMOND CHANDLER ROBERT CREELEY COUNTEE CULLEN JAMES DICKEY JOAN DIDION E. L. DOCTOROW RITA DOVE LOUISE ERDRICH WILLIAM GADDIS MARY GORDON PAULA GUNN ALLEN DASHIELL HAMMETT LORRAINE HANSBERRY JOSEPH HELLER LINDA HOGAN SUSAN HOWE MAXINE KUMIN ROSS MACDONALD N. SCOTT MOMADAY SIMON J. ORTIZ AYN RAND ALBERTO ÁLVARO RÍOS LESLIE MARMON SILKO NEIL SIMON WALLACE STEGNER MARK STRAND MAY SWENSON ANNE TYLER GORE VIDAL