Critical Survey of Poetry profiles the lives, achievements, and important works of major poets. Originally published in 1983 and revised in 2993, the latest edition adds 146 poets, covering 843 poets in total. The set includes two volumes of Topical Essays, covering regions, themes, movements, and criticism. All original essays were revised, in many cases by the original contributor. Also, essays have been arranged in several subsets, so that libraries can choose the complete set, or only the titles in which they are interested. Plus, complimentary online access is provided through Salem Literature.
The four volumes of American Poets include 408 articles on some of America's best-loved poets, including Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, E.E. Cummings and Gwendolyn Brooks. New poets covered include Sherman Alexie, Sandra Cisneros, Alberto Rios and Shel Silverman.
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