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release date: Nov 02, 2018
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Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Nineteenth-Century Novelists, Poets, Playwrights, Short-Story Writers, & Other Creative Writers
NINETEENTH-CENTURY LITERATURE CRITICISM assembles critical responses to the works of 19th-Century authors of all sorts -- novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists, philosophers, political leaders, scientists, mathematicians and writers from other genres -- from every region of the world. Each of the more than 240 volumes in this long-standing series profiles approximately 3-6 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. 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. Introductory essays are written and entries compiled by professional literature researchers and other subject matter experts. A full citation and annotation precede each of the approximately 50 essays per volume; many include an author portrait. The series currently covers nearly 600 authors and also includes numerous entries focusing on literary topics and individual works. Student's writing papers or class presentations, instructors preparing their syllabi, or anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the 19th Century will find this a highly useful resource.
release date: Oct 30, 2018
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release date: Sep 14, 2018
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Contemporary Authors New Revision Series: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Non-Fiction,  Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Motion Pictures, Television, & Other Fields
In response to the escalating need for up-to-date information on writers, Contemporary Authors(r) New Revision Series brings researchers the most recent data on the world's most-popular authors. These exciting and unique author profiles are essential to your holdings because sketches are entirely revised and up-to-date, and completely replace the original Contemporary Authors(r) entries. For your convenience, a soft-cover cumulative index is sent biannually
release date: Sep 07, 2018
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Contemporary Authors
Find biographical information on more than 130,000 modern novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, journalists and scriptwriters. Sketches typically include personal information, contact information, career history, writings, biographical and cr
release date: Sep 01, 2018
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Autobiography: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Autobiography is one of the most popular of written forms. From Casanova to Benjamin Franklin to the Kardashians, individuals throughout history have recorded their own lives and experiences. These personal writings are central to the work of literary critics, philosophers, historians and psychologists, who have found in autobiographies from across the centuries not only an understanding of the ways in which lives have been lived, but the most fundamental accounts of what it means to be a self in the world.

In this Very Short Introduction Laura Marcus defines what we mean by 'autobiography', and considers its relationship with similar literary forms such as memoirs, journals, letters, diaries, and essays. Analysing the core themes in autobiographical writing, such as confession, conversion and testimony; romanticism and the journeying self; Marcus discusses the autobiographical consciousness (and the roles played by time, memory and identity), and considers the relationship between psychoanalysis and autobiography. Exploring the themes of self-portraiture and performance, Marcus also discusses the ways in which fiction and autobiography have shaped each other.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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release date: Jul 06, 2018
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release date: Jun 19, 2018
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Offshoot: Contemporary Life Writing Methodologies and Practice
Offshoot includes essays in life writing methodologies and approaches, as well as a series of creative work - poetry and prose - that engages with current life writing. This collection highlights the development and influence of the genre in the twenty-first century. Starting from the premise that life writing is a significant component of both contemporary artistic practice and scholarship, Offshoot provides a necessary re-evaluation of the mode, its contemporary sub-generic incarnations, as well as methodological and practical approaches. The book presents research on a wide range of approaches, including both traditional areas such as literature and creative writing and areas that have not previously been associated with life writing scholarship. With its multifaceted readings, Offshoot signals a shift in life writing research tending towards an expansive, hybrid, experimental, and rhizomic approach.
release date: Jun 16, 2018
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A Biographical Dictionary of Playboy Magazine’s Playmates of the Month, 1953–1979
Arranged chronologically by month, this book provides brief biographies of the first 294 Playboy centerfold models, from Marilyn Monroe (December 1953) in the magazine’s premier issue, to Candy Loving (January 1979) in the 25th Anniversary special. The stereotype of the “Playmate of the Month” as an air-head sex object is far from the truth. Most of them led average lives. Some were college students, some were stuck in dead-end jobs or failed marriages. They tended to be ambitious and most found their experience with the magazine positive, even life-altering. Some enjoyed their brief notoriety and went on to become archetypal soccer moms or church ladies. Others used it as a stepping stone to careers in the arts, business or politics. A bibliography arranged by name is included.
release date: Jun 01, 2018
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