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Encyclopedia of World Writers, Beginnings to the 20th Century, 3-Volume Set
  • Authored by: General Editors; Marie Josephine Diamond, Thierry Boucquey
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816061432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6143-3
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $225.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 06/01/2005
  • Dewey Number: 809
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 1440

Summary

The definitive reference to world writers from ancient times through the 20th century, this three-volume set presents the broad spectrum of world literature's great contributors. Hundreds of entries on major writers throughout the world cover the literary traditions of early Greece and Rome, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. Each volume contains critical biographies of poets, dramatists, fiction writers, diarists, and essayists. Certain anonymous works—such as epics, odes, fables, sacred texts, and creation myths—are listed by title.

Each entry includes a biographical sketch and a bibliography. Many also contain a synopsis and critical analysis of one or more of the author's major works. Coverage represents the high school world literature curriculum, from the anonymous epic Gilgamesh to Virgil and Homer, from Voltaire and Molière, and Margaret Atwood and Umberto Eco.

World Writers: Beginnings through the 13th Century
This volume covers world writers and great anonymous works from the beginnings of world literature through the Middle Ages. Entries include Beowulf, Gilgamesh, and the Song of Roland, as well as such famous writers as Dante, Marco Polo, Chrétien de Troyes, Confucius, and Murasaki Shikibu.

World Writers: 14th through 18th Centuries
This volume covers world writers from the year 1300 to the year 1800. Entries include Cervantes, Petrarch, Voltaire, Erasmus, Ibn Khaldun, and Cao Xuequin.

World Writers: 19th and 20th Centuries
This volume covers world writers from the last two centuries, including Chinua Achebe, Margaret Atwood, Mikhail Bulgakov, Umberto Eco, Gao Xingjian, Knut Hamsun, Mohammad Iqbal, Naghib Mahfouz, Marcel Proust, and Emile Zola.

Specifications

Index. Appendix. Bibliography. Cross-references. Chronology. In three volumes:

About the Author(s)

General editor Marie Josephine Diamond received a B.A. in special studies in French from Leeds University, an M.A. in romance literature, and a Ph.D. in French and comparative literature from Cornell University. She is currently Director of the Comparative Literature Program and professor of French, comparative literature, and women’s studies at Rutgers University. She has edited and written books, contributed chapters to books, and published numerous articles in scholarly journals. She has presented more than 50 papers and is a member of several professional associations, including the International Comparative Literature Association.

General editor Thierry Boucquey received a B.A. in Romance Philology from the University of Louvain, Belgium, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in French from the University of California, Irvine. He is currently Professor of French and Humanities at Scripps College in the Claremont University Consortium. He has edited and written books, contributed chapters to books, and published numerous articles in scholarly journals. He has presented more than 20 papers, chaired numerous conference sessions, organized international colloquia, and is a member of several professional associations, including the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association and Women in French.

Reviews and Awards

"...academic libraries as well as public and secondary collections that support world literature curricula will want to add this as a supplement..."
Booklist

"...a useful set for high school, university, and public libraries supporting research in world literature...the breadth of coverage, clear writing style, approachable organization, modest price, and focus on world literature outside of Great Britain and the United States make this set particularly worthwhile. Recommended."
Library Journal

"This reference will stand out for its scope, particularly the accessible entries on the earliest literary activity."
School Library Journal

"Recommended."
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