A handy A-Z up-to-the-minute reference work, with over 2,000 entries from Kathy Acker to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It contains entries on novelists and novels from all English-speaking countries including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, India and the Caribbean. Major works receive detailed coverage as do particular types of novels from Gothic to campus, and trends in fiction from realism to naturalism. Popular genres including detective fiction, science fiction and spy fiction are all considered. Various forms of related writing including historical novels, short stories, and novellas are also explored.