Dictionary of Literary Influences: The Twentieth Century, 1914-2000

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John Powell
Greenwood Press, 2004 - History - 627 pages
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Treating the cultural giants of the 20th century, this volume traces their reading habits and intellectual development, as well as their contributions to Western culture. Suggesting the literary influences on these figures, the book includes 355 entries on people from a broad range of fields, including scientists, politicians, business figures, writers, religious leaders, and figures from the performing arts and popular culture.

The volume is a handy companion to Powell's earlier volume, "Biographical Dictionary of Literary Influences: The Nineteenth Century, 1800-1914." Reflecting non-Western influences on Western culture, the volume includes such Asian and African figures as Mohandas Gandhi and Wole Soyinka, while also covering the significant Western figures. As the volume recognizes, forms of cultural influence evolved in the 20th century to include more aural and visual influences. Yet the volume still reveals fascinating literary influences throughout the century.

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A companion to Powell's Biographical Dictionary of Literary Influences: The Nineteenth Century, 1800-1914 (2000), this volume contains 355 signed entries showing how key 20th-century figures have been ... Read full review


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JOHN POWELL is Associate Professor of History at Cumberland College. In addition to the companion volume, Dictionary of Literary Influences: The Nineteenth Century, 1800-1914 (2001), he most recently published an article on the Third Marquess of Lansdowne in a special issue of Parliamentary History (2003).

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