Critical Survey of Short Fiction: British, Irish, and Commonwealth Writers

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2 Volumes, 800 Pages
132 Writers Covered
Pronunciation for Writers' Names
Guide to Online Resources
Major Awards
Time Line
Chronological List of Writers
Geographical Index of Writers and Overviews
Categorized Index of Writers
Subject Index

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ISBN: 978-1-58765-795-5
# of Pages: 800
# of Volumes: 2
Print List Price: $295
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Critical Survey of Short Fiction:
British, Irish & Commonwealth writers

This subset includes such writers as Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Aldous huxley, James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Alice Munro, and Roald Dahl. new writers to this edition are David Malouf, Claire Keegan, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Anne Enright.

Scope & Content
All the original author essays were evaluated for their currency, and 145 of them were given substantial revision, in some cases by the original contributor. The sections "Other literary forms," "Achievements," "Biography," and "Analysis" were updated to include recent developments: new titles or awards, changes in residence or employment, and alterations in critical and popular reception. For these essays, material on one or more specific stories or collections was added.

This edition adds 145 new writers. A significant effort was made to add more women; they include such notable figures as Michelle Cliff, Edwidge Danticat, Anita Desai, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Carol Shields, and Christa Wolf. Many important authors from around the world are featured for the first time in this edition; those with works in English translation include such as Daniel Alarcon, J. M. G. Le Clézio, Haruki Murakami, and Mario Vargas Llosa.

Organization & Format
The writer subsets are arranged alphabetically, and each writer appears in only one subset. Essays begin with full data on dates and places of birth and death, and a list of the writer's "Principal Short Fiction." Next is a brief overview of "Other Literary Forms" and two longer sections, "Achievements" and "Biography." The longest section "Analysis" discusses the writer's style and themes, with subsections on one or more works of short fiction. The final section includes a list of other major works and a complete bibliography.

Special Features
A number of helpful resources and indexes appear in the back of each subset, including a Bibliography, a Guide to Online Resources, a list of Major Awards, a Chronological list of Authors, a Geographical Index of Authors & Essays, a Categorized Index of Authors, and a complete Subject Index.