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This third volume in the "Dictionary of Literary Biography" series on "The House of Scribner" brings the publisher's story to the founding family's selling the operation to Macmillan. The volume offers a general introductory history along with reminiscences from the late Charles Scribner Jr., an illustrated chronology, and brief biographies and correspondence among 20 of its star authors including Nancy Hale, Marcia Davenport, Alan Tate, James Jones, and Loren Eisley and legendary editor Max Perkins. Each author listing is buttressed with photographs, reproductions of original jackets, and facsimiles of letters. Though all publishers have their stars, Scribner is the house that produced the true giants of fiction and nonfiction alike. These volumes tell their stories, which collectively comprise the story of 20th-century American literature itself. Recommended.Michael Rogers, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
DLB 191, a companion to DLB 153, Late-Victorian and Edwardian British Novelists, First Series (1995) and its forthcoming Second Series volume, is not comprehensive but is representative of the vast variety of between-the-wars ("lost generation") writers--historical (C.S. Forester, Robert Graves, Doris Leslie) and its subgenre war novelists (Francis Brett Young), women and feminists (Vera Brittain, Charlotte Haldone), psychologically realistic (Ann Bridge), domestic, suburban, regional life (Edward Sackville-West, Henry Williamson, Young again), left-wing (Rhys Davies, Naomi Jacob), and futuristic and fantasy (Dorothy Emily Stevenson). Openness to British fiction by American publishers is said to have given rise to the vast range of fiction and to the unprecedented number of writers whose biographies illustrate the emotional and economic struggles of this period. DLB 194, the subject of the rest of this review, dovetails nicely with DLB 15 (British Novelists, 1930-1959, 2 parts, 1983) and continues DLB 14 (British Novelists since 1960, 1983). Due to the enormous number of novels (8,000 each year) published in Britain, this DLB volume has been selective. Its criteria for inclusion of the novelists is similar to those for eligibility for the Booker Prize: "novelists who have made their careers in the British Isles . . . , whatever their country of birth." The writers portray the "conflict, or mixture, of experimental and traditional motives and practices" in the novel of the past 38 years. Pluralism (multicultural and exotic) characterizes the majority of these novels, which stylistically are "reader friendly." The conventional/traditional novelists include Anita Brookner, Anthony Burgess, and Iris Murdoch; the innovative/experimental are represented by Martin Amis, James Kelman, Salman Rushdie, and Julian Barnes. Both DLB volumes offer a comprehensive introduction to the periods under discussion. DLB 194 includes Booker Prize shortlists of 1969 to 1996, a long description of the award, and the cumulative index. Recommended for any type of library. P. Kujoory; Southern Methodist University
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Matthew J. Bruccoli, Emily Brown Jefferies Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, is the leading authority on F. Scott Fitzgerald and the authors of the House of Scribner. <p> (Publisher Provided) Scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli was born in the Bronx in 1931. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1953 and with a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Virginia. He taught English at Ohio State University for eight years before joining the English department at the University of South Carolina in 1969. He retired in 2005 after teaching there for almost 40 years. He wrote over 50 books about F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway including Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald. He also wrote biographies of John O'Hara, James Gould Cozzens and Ross Macdonald, compiled descriptive bibliographies on numerous authors and edited the letters and notebooks of other authors. He died due to glioma, a tumor of the brainstem, on June 4, 2008. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)