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Title:
Directory of books and authors
Author:
Salem Press.
Publication Information:
Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press ; Chicago, Ill. : Fitzroy Dearborn Pub., [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
3 volumes (vi, 1470 pages) ; 29 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
v. 1. Books, A-Look at all -- v. 2. Look at America-Z --v. 3. Authors.
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ISBN:
9780893566319

9780893566326

9780893566333

9780893566364

9781579581695
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Book

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Summary

Summary

This one-stop fact source of the most frequently requested & studied authors & books is uniquely structured. The Author volume alphabetically lists thousands of writers throughout history. It provides all the basic ready-reference information of name, pseudonyms, birth & death dates, places, & a listing of their major publications arranged by genre. The Title volumes list thousands of published works in alphabetical order. Entries provide the title as it is best known in English, the original title (if first published in another language), author, date of first publication of production & date of first English translation when possible, the genre, & any relevant notes regarding the work.


Summary

This is a one-stop reference source on the most frequently requested, read and studied authors. Volume One - Authors - lists 2800 writers throughout history. It provides: basic information of name, pseudonyms, birth and death dates, and places; and a listing of his or her major publications by genre. Volumes two to three - Titles - lists tens of thousands of published works in alphabetical order. Entries provide the title as it is best known in English, the original title, author, date of first publication, genre and any relevant notes.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Part biographical source, part literary guide, this unusual set, "designed specifically for the reference librarian," supplies more than lists of authors and titles. The alphabetically arranged author entries in volume three include birth and death dates and places, given names, pseudonyms, alternate names, and listings of works classified by type (i.e., nonfiction, short or long fiction, children's literature, drama, screenplay, poetry). In volumes one and two, title entries, also alphabetically presented, include original title, alternative title, series title, genre, and year of first publication and/or translation into English. Coverage is wide, spanning not only continents but centuries. The nearly 3,000 authors chosen are those, according to the editors, "most commonly read and studied by juvenile through adult readers." Writers from Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia are cataloged along with those from English-speaking nations. Aeschylus and Euripides are here as well as Michel Tremblay and Tom Stoppard. Li Po and Juvenal are present, as are Octavio Paz and Mark Strand. Carlos Fuentes and Josef Skvorecky are included along with Margaret Drabble and Joyce Carol Oates. Cross-references from pseudonyms, given names, and alternative names are provided. Much useful information in an easy-to-use format is supplied by this set. However, additional points of access, such as indexes by country of origin or time period, might have increased its appeal. Though not an essential resource, the set might be useful in larger literature collections as an aid to identifying who wrote what.


Library Journal Review

This three-volume set is designed to put "within arm's reach the names, titles, dates, and particulars of the most frequently referenced authors and their works." International in scope, it covers both fiction and nonfiction. The "Authors" volume, which comes third, consists of entries for the 2800 authors "most commonly read and studied by juvenile through adult readers." Entries are listed under the name by which they are generally known to American readers but often include the full name, given name, all pseudonyms, places and dates of birth and death, and a listing of major publications arranged chronologically under genre subheadings and titled series. The first two volumes contain title listings, arranged alphabetically in a consistent format. Each entry gives other versions of the title (e.g., original foreign-language title, British title, and alternative translations), author's name, date of publication (providing details about the book's provenance), and a genre category for the work. Aimed at reference librarians, this set certainly addresses a perennial set of questions posed at reference desks everywhere. But while much good information is well presented here, this work is still far too narrow to be the one-stop source the editors envision, and any print source like this is out of date even before it is published. There are no entries for Edwidge Danticat, Louis de Bernieres, Rohinton Mistry, Annie Proulx, or Richard Russo. Not an essential purchase.ÄPaul A. D'Alessandro, Portland P.L., ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Like other reference titles, bibliographies must be assessed against their stated intentions; here, the intentions are vague in the extreme. A publisher's note claims that the set's two volumes of titles and one of authors are "designed . . . for the reference librarian and provide an easy to use listing of thousands of authors and tens of thousands of literary works." The 2,800 authors chosen were "those most commonly read and studied by juvenile through adult readers"--a claim open to many interpretations. The editors placed no limits of date, nationality, or genre on the works or authors chosen, making the likelihood of finding a wanted name a guessing game. Barbara Kingsolver is included but not E.A. Proulx, Paul Zindel but not E.B. White or Ludwig Bemelmans, Colleen McCullough but not Maeve Binchy. Title entries cite only author, date, and literary form; author entries are also stripped, giving dates, places of birth and death, and a list of titles. Although the dictionary focuses on creative literature (strongly emphasizing detective fiction), readers will find entries for Saint Isidore of Seville, Thomas Jefferson, Herbert Read, Frederick Jackson Turner, and Isaac Newton. Indexing is absent, but the editors provide cross-references from titles in foreign languages to English translations. Aside from the convenience of its book format, this set offers little compared, for example, to OCLC's FirstSearch, which has millions of main entries and a complete bibliographic entry for each title. In the electronic age, this print source, with its pared-down entries, seems an anachronism. Not recommended. D. C. Dickinson University of Arizona


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