Magill's Survey of American Literature

Magill's Survey of American Literature

Book - 1991-1994
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Six well-made, easy-to-handle volumes (each about 350 pp.) profile 190 writers from the 17th century to the present whose works represent a wide variety of American experiences and voices and who are central to any study of American literature. In the esteemed tradition of Magill surveys, this set is written according to strict style and format guidelines that include the following in each article: birth and death data; brief summary; biography; analysis of style, themes, and literary characteristics; separate sections on specific works, with data, analysis, and condensed description; summary; and bibliography. A photo is included with most entries. A glossary of literary terms appears in each volume along with a list of all authors profiled in the set. The writing is accessib le, yet without condescension; the articles will serve the casual reader as significant sources of information and insight and will be valuable to more serious readers as starting points for research. A valuable resource appropriate for public, school, and academic libraries. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Publisher: New York : Marshall Cavendish Corp., c1991-c1994
ISBN: 9781854354372
Branch Call Number: 810.9 M194
Characteristics: 8 v. (lxviii, 2896, cxcvi p.) : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Magill, Frank Northen 1907-


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