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Encyclopedia of World Writers, 1800 to the Present
  • Format
  • Authored by: Marie Josephine Diamond, General Editor
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816082049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-8204-9
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 07/01/2011
  • Dewey Number: 820.9
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 640


In recent years, schools have started introducing more inclusive syllabi emphasizing the works and ideas of previously overlooked or underrepresented writers. Readers of all ages can now explore the rich contributions of writers from around the world. These writers have various backgrounds, and unlike most writers from the U.S. or the United Kingdom, information on them in English can be difficult to find.

Encyclopedia of World Writers: 1800 to the Present covers the most important writers outside of the U.S., Britain, and Ireland since 1800. More than 330 insightful, A-to-Z entries profile novelists, poets, dramatists, and short-story writers whose works are anthologized in textbooks or assigned in high school English classes. Entries range in length from 200 to 1,000 words each and include a biographical sketch, synopses of major works, and a brief bibliography. Dozens of entries are new to this edition and many existing entries have been updated and significantly expanded with new "Critical Analysis" sections.

Coverage includes:

  • Chinua Achebe
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Roberto Bolaño
  • Albert Camus
  • Khalid Hosseini
  • Victor Hugo
  • Mohammad Iqbal
  • Franz Kafka
  • Stieg Larsson
  • Mario Vargas Llosa
  • Naghib Mahfouz
  • Gabriel García Márquez
  • Kenzaburo Oe
  • Marcel Proust
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Emile Zola
  • and more.


Appendix. Bibliography. Cross-references. Chronology.

About the Author(s)

General Editor Marie Josephine Diamond received her B.A. in special studies in French from Leeds University, her M.A. in romance literature, and her Ph.D. in French and comparative literature from Cornell University. She is currently director of the Comparative Literature Program and a professor of French, comparative literature, and women's studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of many scholarly articles and books, including Women: Revolution and Global Expression.

Reviews and Awards

"The entries are clearly written and well detailed...High school and college libraries will certainly want to consider adding the encyclopedia to their collections."

American Reference Books Annual

"...recommended for high-school, university, and larger public libraries serving students of world literature."



Library Media Connection

"A worthy purchase to bolster collections supporting world-literature classes."

School Library Journal

"The book's clear, unpretentious style is designed to engage the attention of students...a useful, affordable guide to world literature. Recommended."


"...a good starting point for high school and college students undertaking literary research about these emerging world writers..."

Library Journal

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