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An encyclopedia of British women writers

Format: Print Book 1998
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Closed Reference (Please ask for assistance) r PR111.E54 1998
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor - Closed Reference (Please ask for assistance)
 
Call Number  r PR111.E54 1998
 
 
Summary
This far-reaching examination of women writers identified with Great Britain builds on its predecessor's strengths, with 50 percent new material and completely updated entries. Over six hundred writers are discussed in terms of their biographies--with precise details where these could be ascertained and in come cases correcting biographies in other reference works--as well as in terms of thematic issues and critical reception. Each entry includes a definitive bibliography of the writer and a thorough secondary bibliography (including book-length studies, reference works, major essays, and reviews) to lead readers to other sources. Available in paperback for the first time, this book is an ideal desk reference for scholar and student alike.



Paul Schlueter and June Schlueter have individually and jointly written and edited a number of critical and reference works, including The English Novel: Twentieth Century Criticism (Vol. 2: Twentieth Century Novelists) and Modern American Literature (Supplement 2). Paul Schlueter's books include The Novels of Doris Lessing and Shirley Ann Grau. June Schlueter, Provost, and Dana Professor of English at Lafayette College, has edited Feminist Readings of Modern American Drama and Modern American Drama: The Female Canon.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This is an enlarged edition of An Encyclopedia of British Women Writers published by Garland in 1988. The number of entries has been increased by half again as much (from 400 to 600), and many, if not all, of the original articles have been revised or reworked. Although most of the entries are for British women writers from the eighteenth century to the present, an effort was made to include women writers of the medieval and Renaissance periods as well. The preface addresses the question of who is to be considered "British," for place of birth is not the only criterion. Those born elsewhere but residing in Great Britain for a considerable amount of time, those born in other countries of the British Commonwealth who emigrated to Great Britain, and those born in Great Britain who eventually emigrated to the U.S. are all included. The alphabetically arranged, signed articles range in length from a few paragraphs to a few pages. Dates and places of birth and death and names of parents and husbands and other names under which the subject wrote are provided at the beginning of each entry. The articles offer both biographical detail and critical appraisal. Each entry ends with a list of sources for further information (reference works, books, and sometimes articles). The cross-referencing is very thorough, an important consideration because many women writers wrote under pseudonyms, titles, or married names. These references are found in the main part of the text and also in the index. Other helpful features are a list of abbreviations used in citing reference works and one of abbreviations used in citing periodicals. Coverage is wide and represents familiar and unfamiliar figures of literary accomplishment. Here you will find not only Sylvia Plath and Beatrix Potter but Margaret Paston (1423^-1482) and Violet Paget (1856^-1935) as well. Scribes from Eliza Acton (1799^-1859) to E. H. Young (1880^-1949) are well served by this solid reference work. Reference collections in literature and women's studies alike will find this to be a great resource, especially for those embarking on studies of particular writers not usually represented in standard literary biographical sources. Recommended for academic and large public libraries."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects English literature -- Women authors -- Dictionaries.
Women authors, English -- Biography -- Dictionaries.
English literature -- Women authors -- Bibliography.
Women and literature -- Great Britain -- Bibliography.
Women and literature -- Great Britain -- Dictionaries.
Publisher New Brunswick, N.J. :Rutgers University Press,1998
Edition Rev. and expanded ed.
Contributors Schlueter, Paul, 1933-
Schlueter, June.
Language English
Description xxviii, 741 pages ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0813525438 (alk. paper)
081352542X (pbk. : alk. paper)
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