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Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Work
  • Format
  • Authored by: Geoff Hamilton and Brian Jones
  • From the Series: Literary Movements
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816075786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-7578-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 05/01/2010
  • Dewey Number: 823
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 432


Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Work is an invaluable guide to English-language fiction writers born after 1959 and their best work. Coverage includes some of the most vital and appealing writers working today, such as Chang-rae Lee, Michael Chabon, Zadie Smith, and Dave Eggers. Containing more than 200 entries written by literary scholars, this resource provides a comprehensive overview of the best writers and works of the current English-speaking literary world.

Coverage includes:

  • Sherman Alexie
  • Monica Ali
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Junot Díaz
  • Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Everything Is Illuminated
  • Mark Haddon
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  • The Kite Runner
  • Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Middlesex
  • Native Speaker
  • Chuck Palahniuk
  • Suzan-Lori Parks
  • The Secret History
  • David Foster Wallace
  • Colson Whitehead
  • and more.


Index. Appendix. Bibliography. Cross-references.

About the Author(s)

Geoff Hamilton received his Ph.D. in American literature from the University of Toronto and was a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia. His primary research interest is contemporary North American literature. He is a coauthor of Encyclopedia of American Popular Fiction in Facts On File's Literary Movements series.

Brian Jones studied literature, philosophy, and education at Queen's University, and did his graduate work in philosophy of culture at Cambridge University. He is a coauthor of Encyclopedia of American Popular Fiction in Facts On File's Literary Movements series.

Reviews and Awards

"...useful...an asset for users of high-school, undergraduate, and public libraries."


"...invaluable for scholars interested in contemporary directions in literature, but for the common readers it is also a source for discovery of new books and writers that they will want to further explore."

American Reference Books Annual

"...informative, well-written...useful...Recommended."


"...a handy single-volume ready-reference guide...Students will find it a helpful supplement to current fiction studies or recreational browsing..."

School Library Journal

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