James Herriot

A Critical Companion
Author: Michael John Rossi
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313294495
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 218
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Offers an examination of the Scottish veterinarian's five major works published between 1972 and 1992.

Erich Segal

A Critical Companion
Author: Linda Claycomb Pelzer
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313299308
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 133
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The first full-length study of Erich Segal's fiction, exploring the development of his art and analyzing all of his novels.

Tom Robbins

A Critical Companion
Author: Catherine Elizabeth Hoyser,Lorena Laura Stookey
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313294181
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 172
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This is the first book-length study of the popular novelist Tom Robbins. Whimsy and humor characterize Robbins' work, but style and language are the keystones. Hoyser and Stookey show how Robbins deftly uses style and humor to depict the absurdities and injustices of our world. His novels constantly challenge perceptions of the world that people automatically label as normal. His fiction criticizes the complacency of humans in a world becoming increasingly alienated from nature and the joy of life. In addition to a critical analysis of each of his novels, the study contains biographical material never before published and the first full-length bibliography on Robbins, including a bibliography of reviews of his fiction. This is the first book-length study of the popular novelist Tom Robbins. Whimsy and humor characterize Robbins' work, but style and language are the keystones. Hoyser and Stookey show how Robbins deftly uses style and humor to depict the absurdities and injustices of our world. His novels constantly challenge perceptions of the world that people automatically label as normal. His fiction criticizes the complacency of humans in a world becoming increasingly alienated from nature and the joy of life. In addition to a critical analysis of each of his novels, the study contains biographical material never before published and the first full-length bibliography on Robbins, including a bibliography of reviews of his fiction. The study features a biographical chapter, a chapter on context and style, and individual chapters on each of his novels, DEGREESIAnother Roadside Attraction DEGREESR, DEGREESIEven Cowgirls Get the Blues, Still Life with Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, skinny legs and all DEGREESR, and DEGREESIHalf Asleep in Frog Pajamas DEGREESR. Each novel is analyzed for plot structure, characterization, and thematic elements. In addition, Hoyser and Stookey define and apply an alternative critical perspective from which to read each novel. The reading of each of Robbins' novels will be enriched by this perceptive study.

Chaim Potok

A Critical Companion
Author: Sanford V. Sternlicht
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313311819
Category: History
Page: 154
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An in-depth study of the eight major novels by renowned Jewish-American writer, Chaim Potok.

Louise Erdrich

A Critical Companion
Author: Lorena Laura Stookey
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313306129
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 168
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An insightful analysis of Louise Erdrich's writing, including her widely acclaimed, award-winning first novel, Love Medicine.

James Patterson

A Critical Companion
Author: Joan G. Kotker
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313320859
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 177
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This is the only full-length critical study of James Patterson and his best-selling detective fiction.

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Author: R.R. Bowker Company
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: American literature
Page: N.A
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Books in print is the major source of information on books currently published and in print in the United States. The database provides the record of forthcoming books, books in-print, and books out-of-print.

Ernest J. Gaines

A Critical Companion
Author: Karen Carmean
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313302862
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 167
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Offers an examination of the works of the southern African American author

Arthur C. Clarke

A Critical Companion
Author: Robin Anne Reid
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313295294
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 205
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Discusses the science fiction writer's nine most recent novels, including the Odyssey series, within the context of his literary canon, providing both conventional and alternative critical readings.

Amy Tan

A Critical Companion
Author: E. D. Huntley
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313302077
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 165
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Examines the works of the Chinese American author, describing her characters, narrative strategies, plot development, literary devices, settings, and major themes

Toni Morrison

a critical companion
Author: Missy Dehn Kubitschek
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780313302657
Category: Women and literature
Page: 203
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Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, Toni Morrison is among our most distinguished contemporary novelists. Morrison describes herself as a "black woman novelist," and all her novels deal with African American characters and communities. Exploring the entire cycle of human life in a spiritual context, her novels are also universal in their depiction of families, especially mothers and their children. From her first novel, The Bluest Eye, to her most recent, Paradise, Toni Morrison has explored the African American experience, and by extension, the human experience. Her characters linger in our minds long after we have finished reading the novel. This is the only book-length study to discuss all of Morrison's novels published to date. This study analyzes in turn each of Morrison's novels. It also provides the reader with a complete bibliography of her writings, as well as selected reviews and criticism. Following a biographical chapter on Toni Morrison's life, Kubitschek discusses Morrison's writing in the tradition not only of African American literature but of the great modernist and postmodernist American writers. Each of the following chapters examines an individual novel: The Bluest Eye (1970), Sula (1973), Song of Solomon (1977), Tar Baby (1981), Beloved (1987), Jazz (1992), and Paradise (1998). The discussion of each novel features sections on plot and character development, narrative structure, thematic issues, and an alternative critical approach from which to read the novel. Written specifically for high school and college students and general readers, this study illuminates and enriches the reading of Morrison's novels.

Jamaica Kincaid

a critical companion
Author: Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert
Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
ISBN: 9780313302954
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 182
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Examines the themes and techniques used in the major works of Jamaica Kincaid.

Tom Wolfe

A Critical Companion
Author: Brian Abel Ragen
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313313837
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 193
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Offers an examination of the works of the American author.