Writers Their lives and works

James Naughtie, 1951-

Book - 2018

Presents profiles of the world's greatest writers throughout history, including Geoffrey Chaucer, Mary Shelley, Thomas Hardy, William Faulkner, Maya Angelou, and Haruki Murakami.

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New York, New York : DK Publishing 2018.
First American edition
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
360 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 27 cm
Other Authors
James Naughtie, 1951- (writer of foreword)
  • Pre-19th century
  • Early 19th century
  • Late 19th century
  • Early 20th century
  • Mid-20th century
  • Writing today.
  • Pre-19th century. Dante Alighieri ; Giovanni Boccaccio ; Geoffrey Chaucer ; François Rabelais ; Michel de Montaigne ; Miguel de Cervantes ; William Shakespeare ; John Donne ; John Milton ; Molière ; Aphra Behn ; Matsuo Bashō ; Daniel Defoe ; Jonathan Swift ; Voltaire
  • Early 19th century. J.W. von Goethe ; William Wordsworth ; Jane Austen ; Mary Shelley ; Lord Byron ; Honoré de Balzac ; Victor Hugo ; Hans Christian Andersen ; Edgar Allan Poe ; Charles Dickens ; Charlotte and Emily Brontë
  • Late 19th century. George Eliot ; Herman Melville ; Walt Whitman ; Charles Baudelaire ; Gustave Flaubert ; Fyodor Dostoyevsky ; Henrik Ibsen ; Leo Tolstoy ; Machado de Assis ; Emily Dickinson ; Mark Twain ; Thomas Hardy ; Emile Zola ; Henry James ; August Strindberg ; Guy de Maupassant ; Oscar Wilde ; Joseph Conrad ; Rudyard Kipling ; Anton Chekhov ; Rabindranath Tagore
  • Early 20th century. W.B. Yeats ; Luigi Pirandello ; Natsume Sōseki ; Marcel Proust ; Willa Cather ; Thomas Mann ; Lu Xun ; James Joyce ; Virginia Woolf ; Franz Kafka ; Ezra Pound ; D.H. Lawrence ; Raymond Chandler ; T.S. Eliot ; Jean Rhys ; Marina Tsvetaeva ; F. Scott Fitzgerald ; William Faulkner ; Bertolt Brecht ; Jorge Luis Borges ; Ernest Hemingway ; Yasunari Kawabata
  • Mid-20th century. Vladimir Nabokov ; John Steinbeck ; George Orwell ; Pablo Neruda ; Graham Greene ; Jean-Paul Sartre ; Samuel Beckett ; Naguib Mahfouz ; Albert Camus ; Aimé Césaire ; Dylan Thomas ; Marguerite Duras ; Saul Bellow ; Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ; Primo Levi ; Jack Kerouac ; Italo Calvino ; Günter Grass ; Gabriel García Márquez ; Maya Angelou ; Milan Kundera ; Chinua Achebe
  • Writing today. José Saramago ; Derek Walcott ; Toni Morrison ; Alice Munro ; Nawal El Saadawi ; John Updike ; Cormac McCarthy ; Seamus Heaney ; J.M. Coetzee ; Isabel Allende ; Peter Carey ; Hwang Sok-yong ; W.G. Sebald ; Lorna Goodison ; Haruki Murakami ; Orhan Pamuk ; Mo Yan ; Arundhati Roy.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

While there are numerous excellent guides to world authors, few are as vibrant and enthusiastic as this volume. Here are 110 writers, arranged chronologically, from pre-19th century to the present, with an additional dozen profiled more briefly in each section's directory. Well-known names such as Dante, William Shakespeare, John Milton, Mark Twain, and Emily Dickinson are joined by those less widely acclaimed: Aphra Behn, Natsume Soseki, Lu Xun, and Orhan Pamuk. Each well-crafted essay is embellished with a full-color portrait; boxed notes highlighting the writer's form, style, and historical or political context; photographs and illustrations; a time line of major works; and several key quotes. VERDICT This treasure of a book is an enchanting addition to most public library collections.—Marcia G. Welsh, Dartmouth Coll. Lib., Hanover, NH Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Illustrated with photographs and paintings of writers’ homes, studies and personal artifacts, a collection of profiles features more than 100 of the world’s greatest writers, from Shakespeare and Jane Austen to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Explore the fascinating lives and loves of the greatest novelists, poets, and playwrights.From William Shakespeare and Jane Austen to Gabriel García Márquez and Toni Morrison, Writers explores more than 100 biographies of the world’s greatest writers. Each featured novelist, playwright, or poet is introduced by a stunning portrait, followed by photography and illustrations of locations and artifacts important in their lives – along with pages from original manuscripts, first editions, and their correspondence. Trace the friendships, loves, and rivalries that inspired each individual and affected their writing, revealing insights into the larger-than-life characters, plots, and evocative settings that they created. You will also uncover details each writer’s most famous pieces and understand the times and cultures they lived in – see how the world influenced them and how their works influenced the world.Writers introduces key ideas, themes, and literary techniques of each figure, revealing the imaginations and personalities behind some of the world's greatest novels, short stories, poems, and plays. A diverse variety of authors are covered, from the Middle Ages to present day, providing a compelling glimpse into the lives of the people behind the page.