This unique anthology series provides an accessible resource for students researching America's and the world's greatest literary lives and works. Each book contains an in-depth biography. Contributing writers' essays are taken from a wide variety of sources. Each essay is introduced by a concise summation of the contributing author's themes and insights. Additional features include an annotated table of contents, a chronology of the author's life and career as well as of concurrent historical events, and primary and secondary bibliographies.