Kaye Gibbons

A Literary Companion


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About the Book

With novels like Ellen Foster and A Virtuous Woman, award-winning writer Kaye Gibbons has gained both critical acclaim and a large, devoted following among readers. This literary companion equips the reader with information about characters, plots, dates, allusions, literary motifs, and themes from the bestselling author’s works. After an annotated chronology of Gibbons’ life, the work presents 103 A-Z entries that include Snodgrass’s analysis, cover the writings of reviewers and critics, and provide selected bibliographies. Appendices offer an historical timeline with references to corresponding historical events from Gibbons’ novels, along with a list of 42 topics for group or individual research projects.

About the Author(s)

Mary Ellen Snodgrass is an award-winning author of English and Latin textbooks and reference works for 35 years. She taught at Hickory High School and Lenoir Rhyne University in North Carolina for 23 years. Her writing focuses on women’s and world literature and history and general research topics, including epidemics, the history of money, clothing, food, and dance. She lives in Hickory, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 379
Bibliographic Info: appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2943-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1119-8
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Literary Companions

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v
Preface      1
Introduction      3

Chronology of Gibbons’s Life and Works      7
Gibbons’s Genealogy      39
Kaye Gibbons: A Literary Companion       41

Appendix A: Time Line of Historical and Fictional Events in Gibbons’s Works      333
Appendix B: Writing and Research Topics      339
Bibliography      347
Index      359

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “An exceedingly detailed chronology…a useful section on topics for teachers…given Ellen Foster’s popularity among high school literature teachers and the lack of any monographic critical studies of Gibbons, high school and undergraduate libraries should acquire this work. Recommended”—Choice
  • “Very well researched and written”—ARBA
  • “Cxcellent series of Literary Companions”—Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine