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By Jane Rogers, Hermione Lee, Mike Harris, Douglas Houston

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ISBN-13: 9780192100214

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Overlaying each person from Leo Tolstoy and Mark Twain to Don De Lillo and Lorrie Moore, sturdy Fiction consultant deals an informative reference paintings on novelists and their works, with an emphasis of twentieth-century fiction and renowned classics, yet with plentiful assurance of significant novelists of the earlier. The consultant takes us on a stimulating travel of the literary panorama. listed below are a couple of thousand alphabetically prepared biographies of vital novelists, starting from Chinua Achebe to Emile Zola. There are profiles of prime modern writers, resembling Ann Beattie, Thomas Pynchon, Jane Smiley, Martin Amis, Amy Tan, Peter Carey, V.S. Naipaul, and Harold Brodkey. The entries offer a taste of every writer's paintings, suggest which in their books to learn, and contain feedback for comparable analyzing, best you to different writers whose paintings should be both related or a fascinating distinction. both vital, the consultant contains 34 essays that remove darkness from genres akin to Crime, experience, Romance, and Magic Realism, or provide interesting appears on the nationwide literatures of such areas as Australia, India, and the Caribbean. every one access is a private essay by way of a professional within the box and comprises their best twelve instructed titles. strong Fiction advisor is an ideal street map for everybody exploring the highways and byways of fiction.

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Unlike bestsellers, they do not depend on our fickle tastes. What then can the classics do for us? Reading them will not, depend on it, make us healthy, wealthy, nor even wise (least of all wise, forget that Leavisite fantasy). ' It's as good a starting-point as any. 'Classic Fiction' is not a literary genre as such. It is best understood as a publishers' and retailers' category, dependent, at a pre-commercial level, on cumulative critical judgements confirmed over long tracts of time. The best that has been written anywhere, at any time.

Tolstoyan' suggests a kind of super-green 'back to nature' earthiness of the author's late-life philosophical treatises. The fiction is something else. Read Anna Karenina (1873-7), a story of loveless marriage and unhappy adultery besides which every English and most French novels of the century look juvenile. A classic for grown-ups. Nothing is more English than the Barchester sequence of novels. The 'Trollopian' world is safe, insular, comic; as appetizing as a side of British beef, as a contemporary American admirer put it.

1966, Jamaican/British) in her second novel, Every Light in the House Burnin' (1994), shows the new black British generation to be intimate with her English surroundings; and surprises us with the effects that still can be achieved in a naturalistic mode. David Dabydeen in his fourth novel, A Harlot's Complaint (1999), breaks free from the racial stereotyping, his central narrator being an African—presented with empathy by this writer of Indian heritage. And Lawrence Scott's Aelred's Sin (1998) is a novel about homoeroticism which is both courageous and beautifully written.

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