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Magill's Literary Annual, 2012

Editors: John D. Wilson and Steven G. Kellman; University of Texas at San Antonio
June 2012

Reviews of significant fiction and nonfiction published in 2011. Provides coverage for works that are likely to be of particular interest to the general reader, that reflect the publishing trends of a given year, and that will stand up to the test of time.

Magill's Literary Annual is the only Salem Press title that consistently and exclusively covers recent works of fiction and nonfiction across subjects, genres, and countries. Each year, Magill's Literary Annual critically evaluates 200 major examples of serious literature, both fiction and nonfiction, published during the previous calendar year.

The Complimentary Archives
When you purchase the current Literary Annual, we provide online access to 40+ years' of past Annuals. That's over 7,350 reviews and essays on a multitude of topics. This remarkable, complimentary archive is available through Salem Literature, our online host for great literary reference. To make it available to your students and patrons you need only purchase the latest, two-volume edition.

The philosophy behind our selection process is to cover works that are likely to be of interest to general readers, that represent the major literary genres, that reflect publishing trends, that are written by authors being taught in literature programs, and that will stand the test of time. By filtering the thousands of books published every year down to 200 notable titles, the editors have provided the busy librarian with an excellent reader's advisory tool and patrons with fodder for book discussion groups and a guide for choosing worthwhile reading material. The essay-reviews in the Annual provide a more academic, "authoritative" review of a work than is typically found in newspapers and other ephemeral sources. 

Organization & Format
The reviews in the two-volume Magill's Literary Annual, 2012 are arranged alphabetically by title. At the beginning of both volumes is a complete alphabetical list, by category, of all covered books that provides readers with the title, author, and a brief description of each work. Every essay is approximately four pages in length. The text of each essay-review analyzes and presents the focus, intent, and relative success of the author, as well as the makeup and point of view of the work under discussion. To assist the reader further, essays are supplemented by a list of additional "Review Sources" for further study in a bibliographic format. Every essay includes a sidebar offering a brief biography of the author or authors. Thumbnail photographs of the book covers and the authors are included as available.

This year's selection includes:

  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
  • Charles Dickens: a Life, The Fifth Witness
  • Horoscopes for the Dead
  • The King James Bible: A Short History from Tyndale to Today
  • The Marriage Plot
  • The Seamstress and the Wind
  • Swamplandia!

Finding Aids and Special Features
Four indexes can be found at the end of volume 2:

  • Biographical Works by Subject: Arranged by subject, rather than by author or title. Readers can locate easily reviews of biographical works-memoirs, diaries, and letters in addition to biographies and autobiographies-by looking up the name of the person covered.
  • Category Index: Groups all titles into subject areas such as current affairs and social issues, ethics and law, history, literary biography, philosophy and religion, psychology, and women's issues.
  • Title Index: Lists all works reviewed in alphabetical order, with any relevant cross references.
  • Author Index: Lists books covered in the annual by each author's name.
  • Cumulative Author and Title Indexes: Listing all books reviewed in Magill's Literary Annual between 1977 and 2012, as well as in Magill's History Annual (1983) and Magill's Literary Annual, History and Biography (1984 and 1985).

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