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Title:
Masterplots II. American fiction series
Author:
Kellman, Steven G., 1947-
Edition:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
6 volumes (xvii, 2944 pages, xxxi pages) ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
v. 1. A-Conf -- v. 2. Cont-Gor -- v. 3. Gre-Los -- v. 4. Lov-Pla -- v. 5. Plu-Tel -- v. 6. Ten-Z.
ISBN:
9780893568719

9780893568726

9780893568733

9780893568740

9780893568757

9780893568764

9780893568771
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Book

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Summary

Summary

The 567 entries in Masterplots II: American Fiction Series, Revised Edition thus cover a broad range of writers and works. Classics by such canonical U.S. writers as Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner are given thorough treatment, as are the masterworks of such Latin American giants as Gabriel Garc¡a M rquez and Carlos Fuentes and such Canadian notables as Robertson Davies and Margaret Atwood. The increasing prominence of ethnic voices in U.S. fiction is reflected by articles on works by such writers as Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich, Ernest J. Gaines, and Rolando Hinojosa.


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Booklist Review

This set updates the original four-volume Masterplots II: American Fiction Series (1986) and its two supplements, published in 1994. Almost 130 new entries have been added to the 439 entries from the previous editions, and the bibliographies have been updated. Among the additions are Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood; In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez; Moo, by Jane Smiley; Strangers on a Train, by Patricia Highsmith; and A Widow for One Year, by John Irving.


Library Journal Review

This revised edition of a work covering both North America and Latin America consists of 439 entries from the original four-volume set (1986) and the two-volume supplement (1994), with 128 completely new entries. No titles are repeated from Masterplots: 1,801 Plot Stories and Critical Evaluations of the World's Finest Literature (1996). As with other Masterplot books, entries are alphabetically arranged by title. The signed essays, by independent scholars and faculty, retain the familiar structure found in other Masterplots. Each entry begins with factual information: the author's dates; type, time, and locale of the work's plot; and first publication date. Brief descriptions of the central characters follow. The bulk of each entry is the plot summary and analysis of the work. The critical analysis breaks into three parts: an exploration of the characters, a discussion of the themes and meanings, and the critical context of the work. Each essay concludes with a secondary bibliography. New to this edition is the helpful Geographical and Ethnic Index, which shows an awareness of scholarship's interest in identifying authors by country of origin and ethnic group. An author index and a title index are also included. Although the plot summaries and critical essays can be simplistic, this edition of Masterplots is a useful tool for libraries with high school and lower-division undergraduate patrons. It is easy to dismiss such reference works as a way for students to avoid reading the actual books, but this series can, in fact, provide ideas for students looking for paper topics, a bibliography to get them started, and help understanding difficult literature. Recommended for most college and public libraries.DCynthia A. Johnson, Barnard Coll. Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.