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Critical Survey of Short Fiction

Editor: Charles E. May
January 2012

This Critical Survey was originally published in 1981, with a supplement in 1987 and revised editions in 1993 and 2001. The Fourth Edition includes all writers from the previous edition and adds 145 new ones, covering 625 writers in total. Altogether, the writers covered in this set represent 44 countries and the history of short fiction from antiquity to the 21st century. The set also offers 53 informative overviews; 24 of these essays were added for this edition, including all the literary movement essays. In addition, seven resources are provided, two of them new. Author portraits are included as available.

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.

Added Flexibility
For the first time, the material in the Critical Survey of Short Fiction has been organized into five subsets by geography and essay type: a 4-volume subset on American Writers, a 2-volume subset on British, Irish, and Commonwealth Writers, a 1-volume subset on European Writers, a 1-volume subset on World Writers, and a 1-volume subset of the Topical Essays. A Cumulative Indexes volume covering all five subsets is free with purchase of more than one subset.

Individual Subsets:

Critical Survey of Short Fiction: American Writers

Authors covered include Sherman Alexie, Saul Bellow, Benjamin Franklin, Dashiell Hammett, Herman Melville, Dorothy Parker, John Updike, and Edith Wharton. New to this edition are Edwidge Danticat, John Grisham, Walter Mosley, and Paul Yoon.

January 2012

4 Volumes | 1,600 Pages

ISBN: 978-1-58765-790-0

Price: $495

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.

January 2012

2 Volumes | 800 Pages

ISBN: 978-1-58765-795-5

Price: $295

Critical Survey of Short Fiction: European Writers

This volume discusses major writers from many different regions of Europe. The 66 essays cover Franz Kafka, Hans Christian Anderson, the Brothers Grimm, Homer, Miguel de Cervantes, Dante, and Anais Nin. New writers discussed here include Aleksandar Hermon, Christa Wolf, and Antonio Tabucchi.

January 2012

1 Volume | 400 Pages

ISBN: 978-1-58765-798-6

Price: $175

Critical Survey of Short Fiction: World Writers

This volume examines writers from a wide range of countries, including Argentina's Jorge Luis Borges, China's Ha Jin, India's Salman Rushdie, and Russia's Alexander Pushkin. New writers include Japan's Haruki Murakami, Jamaican writer Michelle Cliff, and Peru's Daniel Alarcon.

January 2012

1 Volume | 400 Pages

ISBN: 978-1-58765-799-3

Price: $175

Critical Survey of Short Fiction: Topical Essays

The essays in this set are organized into three categories: "Theories, Themes & Types," "History of Short Fiction," and "Short Fiction Around the World." New overviews include Experimental Short Fiction, Twenty-first Century Short Fiction, and Spanish Short Fiction.

January 2012

1 Volume | 400 Pages

ISBN: 978-1-58765-800-6

Price: $175

Critical Survey of Short Fiction: Cumulative Indexes

This volume brings together in one place all the appendixes and indexes of the Short Story Fiction series. It includes a chronological list of writers, a catergorized index, a subject index, a list of major awards, a list of online resources, and a complete bibliography.

January 2012

1 Volume | 400 Pages

ISBN: 978-1-58765-803-7

Free With Purchase of More Than One Subset

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