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Title:
The A-Z of great writers
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Payne, Tom.
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London : Carlton, 1997.
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400 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 29 cm
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English
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9781858683225
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Book

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Lists the world's leading authors, their major works, and a brief survey of their careers.


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Library Journal Review

Here Payne, a playwright and book reviewer, proposes to "answer the question, `Why should I read this author?' " International in coverage, his book includes 389 literary authors, poets, and dramatists. Arranged alphabetically by author, the page-long entries start with a quote and then contain a few paragraphs about the author. Also on each page is a photograph of the writer and, in the outer margin, a selected bibliography of his or her works. The index is to names and titles of works only. The thrust of each essay is to present, in one or two short paragraphs, the major themes of an author's oeuvre, often with a sentence or two about specific works. This guide will be most useful for school libraries and for public libraries needing brief overviews of important authors; most academic libraries will find it too simplistic.√ĄCynthia A. Johnson, Barnard Coll. Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

-Payne introduces 389 writers, all of whom are assigned a page that includes a listing of major works, a photograph or illustration, and a short essay emphasizing some aspect of the individuals and their writing. The subjects represent a wide range of literary periods and nations. They range from Aphra Behn to Ken Kesey to Ovid to Jean-Paul Sartre. European and American writers are well represented. Some of the choices are puzzling. E. Annie Proulx and Toni Morrison are included, but not Alice Walker or Annie Dillard. The omissions of Jean Toomer and Zora Neale Hurston are regrettable. As Payne states, however, "a book can only have so many pages." The strength of this title is that its sheer number of entries and its awareness of the changing canon as well as its international approach will, as the editor hopes, encourage "more people to read more."-Rebecca L. Wells, UMI, Alexandria, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 6
Introductionp. 7
Aeschylusp. 8
Akhmatova, Annap. 9
Alain-Fournier, Henri-Albanp. 10
Alcott, Louisa Mayp. 11
Amis, Kingsleyp. 12
Andersen, Hans Christianp. 13
Andric, Ivop. 14
Angelou, Mayap. 15
Anouilh, Jeanp. 16
Appollinaire, Guillaumep. 17
Aragon, Louisp. 18
Aristophanesp. 19
Asimov, Isaacp. 20
Atwood, Margaretp. 21
Auden, W.H.p. 22
Austen, Janep. 23
Auster, Paulp. 24
Babel, Isaakp. 25
Baldwin, Jamesp. 26
Ballard, J.G.p. 27
Balzac, Honore dep. 28
Barrie, J.M.p. 29
Bataille, Georgesp. 30
Baudelaire, Charles Pierrep. 31
Beaumarchais, Pierre Augustin Caron dep. 32
Beauvoir, Simone dep. 33
Beckett, Samuelp. 34
Behan, Brendanp. 35
Behn, Aphrap. 36
Belloc, Hilairep. 37
Bellow, Saulp. 38
Bennett, Arnoldp. 39
Betjeman, Johnp. 40
Blake, Williamp. 41
Blixen, Karenp. 42
Blunden, Edmundp. 43
Boccaccio, Giovannip. 44
Boll, Heinrichp. 45
Borges, Jorge Luisp. 46
Bowen, Elizabethp. 47
Boyd, Williamp. 48
Bradbury, Rayp. 49
Brecht, Bertoltp. 50
Breton, Andrep. 51
Bronte, Annep. 52
Bronte, Charlottep. 53
Bronte, Emilyp. 54
Browning, Elizabeth Barrettp. 55
Browning, Robertp. 56
Buck, Pearlp. 57
Bulgakov, Mikhailp. 58
Bunyan, Johnp. 59
Burgess, Anthonyp. 60
Burns, Robertp. 61
Burroughs, Edgar Ricep. 62
Burroughs, Williamp. 63
Byron, George Gordon, Lordp. 64
Calderon de la Barca, Pedrop. 65
Callimachusp. 66
Calvino, Italop. 67
Camus, Albertp. 68
Capote, Trumanp. 69
Carroll, Lewisp. 70
Carver, Raymondp. 71
Cather, Willap. 72
Catullus, Gaius Valeriusp. 73
Cavafy, Constantinep. 74
Celan, Paulp. 75
Cervantes, Miguel dep. 76
Chandler, Raymondp. 77
Chateaubriand, Vicomte Francois-Rene dep. 78
Chaucer, Geoffreyp. 79
Cheever, Johnp. 80
Chekhov, Antonp. 81
Christie, Agathap. 82
Churchill, Carylp. 83
Clare, Johnp. 84
Cocteau, Jeanp. 85
Coetzee, J.M.p. 86
Cohen, Leonardp. 87
Coleridge, Samuel Taylorp. 88
Colettep. 89
Compton-Burnett, Ivyp. 90
Congreve, Williamp. 91
Conrad, Josephp. 92
Cooper, James Fenimorep. 93
Corneille, Pierrep. 94
Crane, Hartp. 95
Cummings, e.e.p. 96
Dante Alighierip. 97
Davies, Robertsonp. 98
Defoe, Danielp. 99
DeLillo, Donp. 100
Desai, Anitap. 101
Dickens, Charlesp. 102
Dickinson, Emilyp. 103
Donne, Johnp. 104
Dos Passos, Johnp. 105
Dostoyevsky, Fyodorp. 106
Doyle, Arthur Conanp. 107
Dryden, Johnp. 108
Dumas, Alexandre (pere et fils)p. 109
Du Maurier, Daphnep. 110
Duras, Margueritep. 111
Durrell, Lawrencep. 112
Eco, Umbertop. 113
Eliot, Georgep. 114
Eliot, T.S.p. 115
Ellison, Ralph Waldop. 116
Emerson, Ralph Waldop. 117
Erasmus, Desideriusp. 118
Euripidesp. 119
Faulkner, Williamp. 120
Ferber, Ednap. 121
Fielding, Henryp. 122
Fitzgerald, F. Scottp. 123
Flaubert, Gustavep. 124
Ford, Ford Madoxp. 125
Forster, E.M.p. 126
Fowles, Johnp. 127
Frost, Robertp. 128
Gaddis, Williamp. 129
Galsworthy, Johnp. 130
Gaskell, Elizabethp. 131
Gay, Johnp. 132
Genet, Jeanp. 133
George, Stefanp. 134
Gide, Andrep. 135
Ginsberg, Allenp. 136
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang vonp. 137
Gogol, Nikolaip. 138
Golding, Williamp. 139
Goldsmith, Oliverp. 140
Goll, Yvanp. 141
Gorky, Maximp. 142
Grass, Guntherp. 143
Graves, Robertp. 144
Greene, Grahamp. 145
Grimm, the Brothersp. 146
Gunn, Thomp. 147
Hammett, Dashiellp. 148
Hamsun, Knutp. 149
Hardy, Thomasp. 150
Harrison, Tonyp. 151
Hartley, LP.p. 152
Hasek, Jaroslavp. 153
Havel, Vaclavp. 154
Hawthome, Nathanielp. 155
HDp. 156
Heaney, Seamusp. 157
Heine, Heinrichp. 158
Heller, Josephp. 159
Hemingway, Ernestp. 160
Henry, O.p. 161
Herbert, Georgep. 162
Herodotusp. 163
Hesse, Hermannp. 164
Highsmith, Patriciap. 165
Hoffman, E.T.A.p. 166
Holderlin, Friedrichp. 167
Holtby, Winifredp. 168
Holub, Miroslawp. 169
Homerp. 170
Hopkins, Gerard Manleyp. 171
Horacep. 172
Housman, A.E.p. 173
Hugo, Victorp. 174
Huxley, Aldousp. 175
Ibsen, Henrikp. 176
Ionesco, Eugenep. 177
Isherwood, Christopherp. 178
Ishiguro, Kazuop. 179
Jacobson, Danp. 180
James, Henryp. 181
Jean Paulp. 182
Jhabvala, Ruth Prawerp. 183
Johnson, Samuelp. 184
Jonson, Benp. 185
Joyce, Jamesp. 186
Juvenalp. 187
Kafka, Franzp. 188
Kastner, Erichp. 189
Kawabata, Yasumarip. 190
Kazantzakis, Nikosp. 191
Keats, Johnp. 192
Keneally, Thomasp. 193
Kerouac, Jackp. 194
Kesey, Kenp. 195
Kipling, Rudyardp. 196
Koestler, Arthurp. 197
Kundera, Milanp. 198
Laclos, Pierre-Ambroise-Francois Choderlos dep. 199
La Fayette, Comtesse dep. 200
La Fontaine, Jean dep. 201
Lampedusa, Giuseppe di Tomasip. 202
Lawrence, D.H.p. 203
Laxness, Halldorp. 204
Lear, Edwardp. 205
Lee, Harperp. 206
Lehmann, Rosamondp. 207
Lermontov, Mikhailp. 208
Lessing, Dorisp. 209
Levi, Primop. 210
Lewis, C.S.p. 211
Lewis, Sinclairp. 212
Lewis, Wyndhamp. 213
Lochhead, Lizp. 214
Lodge, Davidp. 215
London, Jackp. 216
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworthp. 217
Loos, Anitap. 218
Lope de Vegap. 219
Lorca, Federico Garciap. 220
Lowell, Robertp. 221
Lucretiusp. 222
McCarthy, Maryp. 223
McCullers, Carsonp. 224
Maeterlinck, Mauricep. 225
Mailer, Normanp. 226
Mallarme, Stephanep. 227
Malraux, Andrep. 228
Mandelshtam, Osipp. 229
Mann, Heinrichp. 230
Mann, Thomasp. 231
Mansfield, Katherinep. 232
Manzoni, Alessandrop. 233
Marivaux, Pierrep. 234
Markandaya, Kamalap. 235
Marlowe, Christopherp. 236
Marquez, Gabriel Garciap. 237
Marvell, Andrewp. 238
Maugham, Somersetp. 239
Maupassant, Guy dep. 240
Mauriac, Francoisp. 241
Maurois, Andrep. 242
Mayakovsky, Vladimirp. 243
Melville, Hermanp. 244
Meredith, Georgep. 245
Metastasio, Pietrop. 246
Miller, Arthurp. 247
Miller, Henryp. 248
Milne, A.A.p. 249
Milosz, Czeslawp. 250
Milton, Johnp. 251
Mishima, Yukiop. 252
Mitchell, Margaretp. 253
Mitford, Nancyp. 254
Moliere, Jean Baptiste Poquelinp. 255
Montaigne, Michel dep. 256
Moravia, Albertop. 257
Morrison, Tonip. 258
Murdoch, Irisp. 259
Musil, Robertp. 260
Musset, Alfred dep. 261
Nabokov, Vladimirp. 262
Naipaul, V.S.p. 263
Narayan, R.K.p. 264
Nash, Ogdenp. 265
Neruda, Pablop. 266
Nietzsche, Friedrichp. 267
Novalisp. 268
Oates, Joyce Carolp. 269
O'Brien, Ednap. 270
O'Brien, Flannp. 271
O'Casey, Seanp. 272
O'Hara, Frankp. 273
'Omar Khayyamp. 274
O'Neill, Eugenep. 275
Orwell, Georgep. 276
Ossianp. 277
Ovidp. 278
Owen, Wilfredp. 279
Parker, Dorothyp. 280
Pastemak, Borisp. 281
Pavese, Cesarep. 282
Paz, Octaviop. 283
Peake, Mervynp. 284
Perec, Georgesp. 285
Perelman, S.J.p. 286
Petrarch, Francescop. 287
Petroniusp. 288
Pinter, Haroldp. 289
Pirandello, Luigip. 290
Plath, Sylviap. 291
Platop. 292
Plautusp. 293
Po, Lip. 294
Poe, Edgar Allenp. 295
Pope, Alexanderp. 296
Pound, Ezrap. 297
Powell, Anthonyp. 298
Priestley, J.B.p. 299
Pritchett, V.S.p. 300
Propertius, Sextusp. 301
Proulx, E. Anniep. 302
Proust, Marcelp. 303
Pushkin, Aleksandrp. 304
Pynchon, Thomasp. 305
Queneau, Raymondp. 306
Rabelais, Francoisp. 307
Racine, Jeanp. 308
Ratushinskaya, Irinap. 309
Rhys, Jeanp. 310
Richardson, Samuelp. 311
Rilke, Rainer Mariap. 312
Rimbaud, Arthurp. 313
Rostand, Edmondp. 314
Roth, Philipp. 315
Rousseau, Jean-Jacquesp. 316
Roussel, Raymondp. 317
Runyon, Damonp. 318
Salinger, J.D.p. 319
Sand, Georgep. 320
Sapphop. 321
Sarraute, Nathaliep. 322
Sartre, Jean-Paulp. 323
Schiller, Friedrich vonp. 324
Schnitzler, Arthurp. 325
Scott, Sir Walterp. 326
Seth, Vikramp. 327
Shakespeare, Williamp. 328
Shaw, George Bernardp. 329
Shelley, Maryp. 330
Shelley, Percy Bysshep. 331
Sholokov, Mikhailp. 332
Sidney, Sir Philipp. 333
Simenon, Georgesp. 334
Sinclair, Uptonp. 335
Singer, Isaac Bashevisp. 336
Sinyavsky, Andreip. 337
Snow, C.P.p. 338
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandrp. 339
Sophoclesp. 340
Soyinka, Wolep. 341
Spark, Murielp. 342
Spenser, Edmundp. 343
Stael, Mme dep. 344
Stead, Christinap. 345
Stein, Gertrudep. 346
Steinbeck, Johnp. 347
Stendhalp. 348
Sterne, Laurencep. 349
Stevens, Wallacep. 350
Stevenson, Robert Louisp. 351
Stoppard, Tomp. 352
Stowe, Harriet Beecherp. 353
Strindberg, Augustp. 354
Styron, Williamp. 355
Swift, Jonathanp. 356
Tagore, Rabindranathp. 357
Tennyson, Alfred Lordp. 358
Thackeray, William Makepeacep. 359
Thomas, Dylanp. 360
Thoreau, Henry Davidp. 361
Thurber, Jamesp. 362
Tolkien, J.R.R.p. 363
Tolstoy, Leop. 364
Trollope, Anthonyp. 365
Tsvetayeva, Marinap. 366
Tucholsky, Kurtp. 367
Turgenev, Ivanp. 368
Twain, Markp. 369
Undset, Sigridp. 370
Updike, Johnp. 371
Verlaine, Paulp. 372
Verne, Julesp. 373
Vidal, Gorep. 374
Virgilp. 375
Voltaire, Francois-Marie Arouetp. 376
Vonnegut Jr, Kurtp. 377
Walcott, Derekp. 378
Warner, Sylvia Townsendp. 379
Waugh, Evelynp. 380
Wells, H.G.p. 381
Welty, Eudorap. 382
West, Nathanaelp. 383
Wharton, Edithp. 384
White, Patrickp. 385
Whitman, Waltp. 386
Wilde, Oscarp. 387
Wilder, Thomtonp. 388
Williams, Tennesseep. 389
Williams, William Carlosp. 390
Wodehouse, P.G.p. 391
Wolfe, Tomp. 392
Woolf, Virginiap. 393
Wordsworth, Williamp. 394
Yeats, W.B.p. 395
Zola, Emilep. 396
Indexp. 397