Barbara Kingsolver

A Literary Companion

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About the Book

Barbara Kingsolver—a writer of fiction, documentary, verse and essay—supports entertaining stories with profound themes of ecological responsibility and defense of human rights.
This work is an introduction and overview of the author’s literary achievements, opening with an annotated chronology of Kingsolver’s life, activism, works, and awards, followed by a family tree. The 122 alphabetical entries in the main text provide data and analysis on characters, dates, historical figures and events, allusions, literary motifs, and themes from Kingsolver’s works, combining insights with generous citations from primary and secondary sources. Each entry concludes with a selected bibliography. Appendices include a timeline of events in The Poisonwood Bible, a list of 46 writing and research topics, a bibliography, and a comprehensive index.

About the Author(s)

A former teacher of English and Latin to high school and university students, Mary Ellen Snodgrass has been an award-winning textbook and reference book author for 35 years. She lives in Hickory, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 247
Bibliographic Info: chronology, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2004
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1951-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1117-4
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Literary Companions

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Preface      1

Introduction      3
Chronology of Kingsolver’s Life and Works      7
Kingsolver’s Genealogy      31
Barbara Kingsolver: A Literary Companion      33
Appendix A: Chronology of The Poisonwood Bible      209
Appendix B: Writing and Research Topics      213

Bibliography      221
Index      233