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About the author : the passionate reader's guide to the authors you love, including things you never knew, juicy bits you'll want to know, and hundreds of ideas for what to read next
Glossbrenner, Alfred.
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First edition.
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San Diego : Harcourt, 2000.
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x, 309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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PN451 .G56 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PN451 .G56 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
PN451 .G56 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A trivia guide for passionate readers, About the Author offers insider information on America's favorite writers, from Margery Allingham to Evelyn Waugh, from Michael Crichton to Charles Dickens. It gives background on the lives of the writers, what they did before becoming writers, facts about their fans, quirky tidbits, and recommendations for what to read next. Chosen for their popularity, their staying power, and the intensity of their following, this amazing range of writers will appeal to all types of readers. Find out what movies and television shows were adapted from their novels, how they decided to become writers, what the Nobel Prize for literature did for some, and what being an Oprah selection did for others. In addition, About the Author includes lists galore: from Pulitzers to fan clubs, from bestseller lists to book conventions, from reading groups to CD-ROMs. About the Author offers an engaging feast of information that any book lover will find hard to put down. Hailed as "The Great Communicator" by the New York Times, Alfred Glossbrenner is a freelance writer and author of some forty books on personal computers and other topics. Emily Glossbrenner has written numerous books and has just completed Search Engines for the World Wide Web. The authors live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Cader Books has created and produced more than 170 books. Among Cader bestsellers are Brush Up Your Shakespeare! and The Book of Questions: Love and Sex. A Michael Cader Book

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Booklist Review

Coauthors of a number of practical computer and financial guides, the Glossbrenners now apply the same efficient techniques to author profiles, summing up the lives and work of 125 writers in handy two-page spreads. Vital statistics and useful suggestion boxes recommending similar authors and the "Best Book to Read First" stand as sidebars to thumbnail biographical sketches, which conclude with a "Good to Know" column spiced with tidbits regarding the writer's love life, critical reception, writing habits, quirks, and views on writing, fame, and life in general. Faulkner, for instance, lied about his exploits in the R.A.F. (he had none), while an insomniac Barbara Kingsolver began writing The Bean Trees in nocturnal sessions in a closet. The alphabetized order makes for some funny juxtapositions of commercial authors with literary luminaries, Danielle Steel followed by Wallace Stegner, for instance; but the Glossbrenners don't allow the pragmatic format to dull their commentary: their short takes are informative and instantly addictive. --Donna Seaman

Library Journal Review

Most of the 120 entries in this biobibliography treat 20th-century authors selected for their popularity, staying power, and number of followers, though some earlier authors (e.g., Austen, Conrad, Tolstoy) frequently read as high school assignments are also included. Each two-page entry includes a photo and a brief biography, bibliographies listing biographical material, relevant references and guides, web sites devoted to the author, pseudonyms, and a reading list of the author's best reads. Most entries include an "If You Like" list recommending authors who write in a similar style or genre. Stephen King's entry is the only disappointment, as it did not include the Bachman pseudonym or a list of similar writers. The "What Else To Read" and "Readers Resources" sections at the back of the book include bibliographies of book awards, genres, lists of "best" books from about 20 sources (e.g,. Nobel prize winners, Booker prize winners, etc.), Oprah's Book Club selections, and a miscellany of information on reading groups, audiobooks, book reviews, and special events in the book world. Many of the Glossbrenners' previous publications have focused on computers and the world wide web. The inclusion of URLs as resources reflects this expertise. All the information provided here is available in less abbreviated form in Contemporary Authors, but this book is handy to use and reasonably priced. Recommended for all public libraries.DShana C. Fair, Ohio Univ., Zanesville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

YA-The Glossbrenners include quite a few enticing bits of personal or professional facts on the two pages allotted to each of 125 popular authors, mainly from this country and Great Britain. A small black-and-white photograph appears with most entries. A brief biographical sketch appears on the same page as a suggested list of literary criticism. The second page contains such information as where to send fan mail, related Internet sites, a listing of the author's works, and suggestions of writers who have a similar style. Two quotes are included, one from the author and one from another source. The book includes lots of lists and information about book clubs, conventions, special events, and publishers. It offers just the right amount of facts for quick reference or to use as a starting point for more intense investigation.-Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. VI
Introductionp. VII
The Authors: 125 of the best-loved fiction writersp. 1
What Else to Readp. 253
Major Literary Fiction Awards: The Book Sense Book of the Year, Booker Prize, Nobel Prize, PEN/Faulkner Award, Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prizep. 254
Genre Fiction: The best of horror, mystery, romance, science fiction and santasy, and the Westernp. 260
Best of the "Best": From the Modern Library and the New York Public Library to Oprah's Book Club and the bestseller listsp. 267
Readers' Resources: Reading groups, audiobooks, catalogs and references, out-of-print and used books, and book reviewsp. 276
Special Events and Publishers: National and international events, regional events, and publisher and author contactsp. 289
Indexp. 301