Fifty Southern Writers Before 1900

Fifty Southern Writers Before 1900

A Bio-bibliographical Sourcebook

Book - 1987
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This collection deserves a long review in order to get the attention it has earned. But how would a reviewer do rounded justice in, say, five hundred words to fifty entries by fifty different scholar-critics on Southerners whose careers ended before 1900 or thereabouts'? Furthermore, each entry was required to follow a five-part pattern: a biographical sketch, a discussion of major themes, an assessment of the scholarship . . . a chronological list of the author's works, and a bibliography of selected criticism.' That pattern reinforces a reference-work effect that the precise and experienced editors intended. Only a pedant will quible--yet will also regulary use the book and send students to it. It will outlast any reviewer now alive. American Literature

A companion volume to Fifty Southern Writers After 1900 , this collection focuses on the work of writers whose careers ended before or about 1900, whose works are often anthologized, and whose writing figures prominently in the history of Southern letters. Each essay, written by a specialist in the field, contains five parts: a biographical sketch, a discussion of the author's major themes, an assessment of the scholarship on the author's works, a chronological list of works, and a bibliography of selected criticism. The selected essays treat the individual writers in substantial detail and offer a fresh attempt to estimate the achievements of the authors included as well as a valuable assessment of the secondary work and scholarship to date.

Publisher: New York : Greenwood Press, [1987]
Copyright Date: ©1987
ISBN: 9780313245183
Characteristics: xii, 601 pages ; 25 cm


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