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Title:
Masterplots II. Juvenile and young adult fiction series
Author:
Magill, Frank N. (Frank Northen), 1907-1997.
Publication Information:
Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, [1991]

©1991
Physical Description:
4 volumes (xviii, 1695 pages, xlii pages) ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780893565794

9780893565800

9780893565817

9780893565824

9780893565831
Format :
Book

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PN44 .M39 1991 V.4 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
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PN44 .M39 1991 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
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PN44 .M39 1991 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
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PN44 .M39 1991 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
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Summary

Summary

Masterplots II examines various works of literature. With strong interest in an analytical approach, story summaries are augmented by discussions of plot, theme, style and characters.


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Choice Review

Those concerned with young adult materials now have two reference sets to compare. The last two volumes of Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults have been released (v. 1-3, CH, Jul'90) at the same time as Magill's Masterplots II: Juvenile and Young Adult Fiction Series. The difference in price of the two sets may be a deciding factor for some libraries; the difference in approach is even more significant. In Beacham's, evaluation of the specific title is incorporated throughout the information, as is the aim of the entire set: to stimulate criticism and interpretation of the titles. Beacham's is arranged alphabetically by author. The first three volumes cover mainstream novels and short-story collections, historical novels, classics, biographies, autobiographies, and nonfiction. Volume 4 includes science fiction, adventure novels, myths, epics, and mysteries; and Volume 5 covers fantasy and gothic novels. The Masterplots II series, instead, concentrates on the development of the plot in the context of its setting. Like other Magill titles, it is arranged alphabetically by title with separate author, title, and subject indexes. Both sources include more than 400 children's and young adult titles with Magill including a greater number of standard "classics": At the Back of the North Wind, David Copperfield, Seventeenth Summer, etc. For critical interpretation and in-depth study, Beacham's provides more direction; for plot summary and significance Magill will suffice. Probable usage of the data will determine the more appropriate title for different library collections; acquisition of both titles would be superfluous. -M. S. Lary, Dalton College