Reference Guide to Russian Literature
Neil Cornwell, University Prof of Russian and Comparative Literature Neil Cornwell
Routledge, Dec 2, 2013 - Reference - 1022 pages
First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Cornwell's previous books on Russian literature (e.g., Essays on Vladimir Odoevs, Berghahn, 1997) make him well qualified to edit this fine guide to the major Russian writers. His team of 150 contributors, mostly from the British Isles and America, has prepared 1000-word entries for some 273 writers and 293 of their works. Critics, genres, and terms are excluded, as are works not written in Russian, e.g., Nabokov's Lolita. Author entries include telegraphic biographical sketches, detailed bibliographies of Russian- and English-language sources and critical studies, and, in many cases, 1000-word entries for specific novels, plays, and stories. There are alphabetical and chronological lists, 13 introductory essays on various aspects of Russian literature, and a Russian/English title index. The Handbook to Russian Literature (LJ 6/1/85) is more comprehensive than this new guide, which is, however, much more detailed in its coverage of writers and their works. Both books belong in every library that supports Russian literature studies.--Peter A. Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mt. Pleasant, MI