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American writers : a collection of literary biographies. Supplement V, Russell Banks to Charles Wright
Parini, Jay.
Publication Information:
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, [2000]

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xiv, 615 pages ; 29 cm
Russell Banks / Robert J. Niemi -- Ann Beattie / Natasha Wimmer -- Robert Coover / Jerome Klinkowitz -- Richard Ford / Brian Henry -- Louise Glück / Lee Upton -- A.R. Gurney / Brenda Murphy -- Erica Jong / Shelley Fisher Fishkin -- Stephen King / Tony Magistrale -- Maxine Hong Kingston / Bill Roorbach -- Philip Levine / Christopher Buckley -- Peter Matthiessen / John Gatta -- Larry McMurty / Charles R. Baker -- Tim O'Brien / Dana Cairns Watson -- Cynthia Ozick / Victor Strandberg -- Upton Sinclair / Erik Kongshaug -- Robert Stone / Cates Baldridge -- Peter Taylor / Robert S. Wilson -- Charles Wright / Henry Hart.
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PS129 .A55 SUPPL.5 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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The Scribner Writers Series has set the standard for literary reference for more than 25 years. In addition to addressing the lives and careers of important writers, the articles discuss the themes and styles of major works and place them in pertinent historical, social and political contexts for today's readers. Novelists, playwrights, essayists, poets, short story writers, and more recently, genre writers in science fiction and mystery, are all expertly discussed in the more than 16 sets comprising this series.

This collection of critical and biographical articles now covers 219 notable authors from the 17th century to the present day. Signed essays, 12-15 pages in length by noted scholars, provide thought-provoking insights into the lives, careers and works of American writers. The essays are written in an appealing style, include numerous quotations, and conclude with bibliographies for further study.

Eighteen more authors included in this Supplement will help round out your current American Writers,set. Among the writers included are: Ann Beattie, Stephen King, Maxine Hong Kingston, Peter Mathiessen, Cynthia Ozick, Upton Sinclair and others.

Author Notes

Jay Parini was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania in 1948. In 1970 he graduated from Lafayette College and he received a doctorate from the University of St. Andrews in 1975. Before becoming a professor of Engliah and Creative Writing at Vermont's Middlebury College in 1982, Parini taught at Dartmouth College.

Parini writes poetry, novels, biographies, and criticism, and he has published numerous reviews and essays in major journals and newspapers. He co-founded the New England Review in 1976. In 1995, he was appointed literary executor for author Gore Vidal. A film version of The Last Station, his 1990 novel, was released in 2009.

Parini's novel, One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Adds 18 writers to the series, including Stephen King, Cynthia Ozick, and Upton Sinclair. American Writers is distinguished from the other numerous resources on similar topics by its longer, more in-depth treatments.