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Encyclopedia of British Writers, 1800 to Present, Second Edition, 2-Volume Set
  • Format
  • Authored by: George Stade and Karen Karbiener
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816073856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-7385-6
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $170.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 05/01/2009
  • Dewey Number: 820.9
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 1072


Praise for the previous edition:
Choice "Outstanding Academic Title, 2004"

"This superb reference set combines impressive breadth of coverage and satisfying depth of content...Highly recommended."—Choice

"The writing is clear and straightforward..."—Booklist

"...useful for fast facts and as a starting point for research."—School Library Journal

"...well written...this two-volume set is a gold mine of useful knowledge. Recommended."—Library Media Connection

"...valuable for public and school libraries..."—American Reference Books Annual

Encyclopedia of British Writers: 1800 to Present, Second Edition profiles almost 900 of the finest British poets, novelists, playwrights, essayists, and other writers of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. All entries in this new edition of the award-winning encyclopedia have been fully updated and expanded, almost 100 new entries have been added, and more than 100 new "Critical Analysis" sections have been added to major writers. Each entry includes essential details about the author’s life and work and suggestions for further reading. Entries on major writers include a "Critical Analysis" section that discusses one or more works in greater detail. Writers from Ireland and nations of the British Commonwealth are also included.

A valuable addition to any high school literature classroom or library, this comprehensive two-volume encyclopedia also features an author timeline, a general bibliography, and entries on key terms and movements of the century.

New entries include:

  • Martin Amis
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Charles Babbage
  • Anne Brontë
  • Olaudah Equiano
  • Susan Fletcher
  • Nick Hornby
  • Hanif Kuresishi
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Frank O’Connor
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Terry Pratchett
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Dorothy Wordsworth.


Index. Bibliography. Cross-references. Chronology. In two volumes.

About the Author(s)

George Stade is a professor emeritus of English and comparative literature at Columbia University. He has edited numerous reference works, including the 74-volume Columbia Essays on Modern Writers, and he has also written articles for The New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review, The Nation, The New Republic, and other publications.

Karen Karbiener received her Ph.D. in English and comparative literature from Columbia University and has been teaching at New York University since 2003. A recipient of a U.S. Fulbright award, she edited the sesquicentennial edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass: First and Death-Bed Editions. She is also the author and narrator of the recorded lecture series Whitman and the Birth of Modern American Poetry.

Reviews and Awards

"...a strong set...especially useful for community college libraries...Recommended."


"...accessible, well indexed, and a very useful stimulus for further study."

Reference Reviews

"While ideal for high school students...[this encyclopedia] will also appeal to serious literary specialists as well."

American Reference Books Annual

"The strengths of this work...are the quality of writing and breadth of coverage...entries are engaging...High-school, college, and public libraries will find this a very useful resource."


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