Writers of all eras, nationalities, and specialties are included, from science fiction, fantasy, crime, and horror, to short stories, and books for young adults and children. Arranged in an easily accessible, A-to-Z format, each entry features a capsule biography calling attention to the author's pivotal contributions while providing insights into the influences that shaped his or her writing. A chronological listing of the author's published works completes the profile.
Along with familiar names, from Aesop to Louisa May Alcott to Stephen King, this collection showcases a diverse spectrum of writers from the familiar to the obscure, including:
* S.Y. Agnon, the first Hebrew writer to receive the Nobel prize for literature
* Mary Higgins Clark, best-selling contemporary fiction writer
* Marina Tsvetayeva, celebrated Russian poet and political exile
Over 10,000 novels, plays, and volumes of short fiction and poetry are listed, along with indexes enabling readers to access information on authors of similar periods, nationalities and genres. Literature Lover's Companion is an indispensable resource for light and serious readers, for crossword puzzle and trivia buffs and just about anyone who wants a fun read.