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PS271 .T8 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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This text systematically presents career biographies of American Western writers.

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Booklist Review

Twentieth-Century American Western Writers, First Series is the first in a three-volume series covering twentieth-century authors. It examines the lives and works of 31 authors, including Ivan Doig, Louise Erdrich, Tony Hillerman, and Louis L'Amour. British Novelists Since 1960, Third Series covers, among others, Penelope Lively, V. S. Naipaul, Will Self, and Joanna Trollope.

Choice Review

Although most readers may consider the West easy to define, even self-described Westerners can find a working definition elusive. As the West changes, so do the region's parameters; Barbara Kingsolver, whom the editors include, is often naively considered Southern and Appalachian (no mean compliment), but that confuses her subject and style with her region of origin. Patricia Limerick (Legacy of Conquest, CH, Dec'87) finds the West a stage whose actors meet largely by choice, and one must recognize as well that conquest is basic to understanding both the frontier and the West. This would embrace Native American and Hispanic writers, represented here by such figures as Sherman Alexie and Rudolfo A. Anaya. Cracroft's volume also evaluates 20th-century Western writers not considered in other DLB volumes (e.g., Louis L'Amour, Tony Hillerman). Although Amy Tan and John Steinbeck are omitted, they are covered elsewhere in DLB; notable writers like Marilynne Robinson, Dorothy M. Johnson, and Frank Chin make their first DLB appearances. The contributors are well chosen, the essays up to the high standards of DLB, and the choice of writers reflects trends in literature departments. Recommended for all libraries. C. Williams; Hunter College