Notable Crime Fiction Writers & Notable Writers of the American West & the Native American Experience
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"This is a good resource for high school, academic, and public libraries, especially those needing to update their literary reference collections."
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Notable Crime Fiction Writers
This new, two-volume title features the best crime writersboth classic and contemporary. An incredibly popular genre, crime fiction encompasses both mystery (whodunit) stories that keep readers in suspense and detective fiction which is usually marked by a struggle between good (the law) and evil (the criminal). Each of the more than 300 essays includes a comprehensive overview of the lives of the featured author as well as a detailed look at his or her significant works.

Coverage highlights include the following classic and more recent crime writers:
  • Raymond Chandler
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Agatha Christie
  • Dashiell Hammett
  • Megan Abbott
  • Mary Higgins Clark
  • Gillian Flynn
  • Shirley Jackson
  • Asa Larsson
  • Steig Larsson
  • Anne Perry
  • Attica Locke
  • J. K. Rowling and more
Pub. Date: October 2021
ISBN: 978-1-63700-031-1
Price: $225

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In addition to essays on individual writers, Notable Crime Fiction Writers includes a number of essays that survey groups of writers who are not treated at length with their own essays. Survey essays cover crime writers whose detectives fall into various groups, including LGBTQ detectives, African American detectives, Asian detectives, Scandinavian detectives, and detectives with disabilities. 

All individual writer essays are clearly separated into three parts: Contribution indicates the author’s unique place in crime fiction; Biography summarizes the author’s life, specifically events that led or contributed to their writing; and Analysis provides an overview of the author’s work, detailing themes, motifs, and style. Additional features include birth/death dates, pseudonyms, type of plots, lists of significant works, and annotated bibliography. Back matter includes Terms & Techniques, Crime Fiction Jargon, Timeline of Crime Fiction, and several indexes.
Notable Writers of the American West & the Native American Experience
Pub. Date: October 2021
ISBN: 978-1-63700-004-5
Price: $175
Many tell the spirited tales of the American West, describing life in the North American frontier as it moved from its earliest border at the Appalachian Mountain range through Westward expansion to the Pacific coastline. Others write or speak of their rich, varied experiences as members of First People Nations. Each story takes its place in history, part of the development and narrative of America.

This volume provides both an overview of and a more in-depth context to the stories of over 100 acclaimed writers. Each entry includes a comprehensive overview of each author's biography and literary career as well as a ready-reference listing of their major works in all genres.
Writers in this volume include:
  • Cormac McCarthy
  • Black Elk
  • Black Hawk
  • Sherman Alexie
  • Leslie Marmon Silko
  • Janet Campbell Hale
  • Paul Gunn Allen
  • Vine Deloria
  • James Fenimore Cooper
  • Larry McMurtry
  • Willa Cather
  • Kit Carson
  • Louis L'Amour
  • N. Scott Momaday
  • Louise Erdich
  • James Welch
  • Joy Harjo
  • Charles Eastman
  • John Joseph Mathews
  • Linda Hogan
  • Tommy Pico
  • & Tommy Orange
Each essay identifies the writer’s major genres, and birth and death dates and places. The volume also includes a Chronological List of Authors; Genre Index; Personages Index; Title Index; Subject Index; and dozens of photographs. Designed to introduce readers at the high school and university level to the rich world of Native Americans and the vivid literature of the American West, this title provides students with careful research and resources to further explore these rich literary traditions.
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Notable American Women Writers

Notable American Women Writers provides in-depth critical essays on women who are at the top of their game in all areas of writing, from picture books to scholarly writing, from poetry to screenplays, from memoir to philosophy. The women writers featured in this set have been selected to represent not only all types of writing, but all areas of the Americas, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Jamaica, and more.

Pub. Date: March 2020
ISBN: 978-1-64265-423-3
Price: $225
Notable African American Writers, Second Edition

The second edition of Notable African American Writers documents the ever-growing African American literary tradition, highlighting African Americans who wrote centuries ago, as well as modern storytellers whose work reflects the changing global landscape. Readers explore what inspired various African-American writers to create poems, plays, short stories, novels, essays, opinion pieces and numerous other works, and how those writers contributed to American culture.

Pub. Date: March 2020
ISBN: 978-1-64265-407-3
Price: $295
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