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  • 3,000+ entries
  • Covers contemporary writers, works, and related topics
  • 70,000+ reviews and essays
  • Reproduces 95% of the print series
  • RUSA Outstanding Reference Source
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Each of the 300+ volumes in this long-standing series profiles approximately four to eight novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists, philosophers or other creative and nonfiction writers by providing full-text or excerpted criticism reproduced from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers and scholarly journals. A full citation and annotation precede each of the approximately 75 essays per volume; many include an author portrait.

The series currently covers more than 3,000 authors and also includes numerous entries focusing on literary topics and individual works. Approximately 95% of critical essays from the print Contemporary Literary Criticism™ series are reproduced in full in this online version, which combines multiple search and browse options with an engaging format that matches the look and feel of the print originals.

Summary: Covering authors currently active or active during the latter part of the 20th Century,  this resource brings together critical essays, reviews and other critical responses representing a range of views on authors and their works across all genres and all areas of the world.

Significance: Contemporary Literary Criticism™ through Literature Criticism Online assembles critical responses to the works of contemporary authors of all sorts — novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists, philosophers, political leaders, and writers from other disciplines — from every region of the world.

Clear, accessible introductory essays followed by carefully selected critical responses allow end-users to engage with a variety of scholarly views and conversations about authors, works and literary topics. Students writing papers or class presentations, instructors preparing their syllabi, or anyone seeking a deeper understanding of contemporary literature will find this a highly useful resource.

Source: Introductory essays are written and entries compiled by professional literature researchers and other subject matter experts. Each entry includes a set of previously published reviews, essays and other critical responses from sources that include scholarly books and journals, literary magazines, interviews, letters and diaries, carefully selected to create a representative history and cross-section of critical responses.

Structure: Each entry features:

  • An Introduction explaining the significance of the author, work and topic and reviewing its critical reception across time. Author entries include a brief biography and a discussion and bibliography of major works; entries on individual works include a plot summary and discussion of major themes; topic entries list major authors and works associated with the topic
  • Several full-text critical essays, reviews or other critical responses, selected to provide a representative sampling of the range of critical responses over time
  • Suggested sources for further reading

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Covering more than 2,900 authors living or dead after 1959, this critically acclaimed resource is an essential part of any literature collection.

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