Links the work of individual writers, artists, and musicians to the influence they had on their discipline and on our lives.
Disney's animated trailblazing, Dostoyevsky's philosophical neuroses, Hendrix's electric haze, Hitchcock's masterful manipulation, Frida Kahlo's scarifying portraits, Van Gogh's vigorous color, and Virginia Woolf's modern feminism: this multicultural reference tool examines 200 artists, writers, and musicians from around the world. Detailed biographical essays place them in a broad historical context, showing how their luminous achievements influenced and guided contemporary and future generations, shaped the internal and external perceptions of their craft, and met the sensibilities of their audience.
Reviews It is for the overburdened reference librarian who must satisfy the panicking needs of the high school student who has forgotten about a humanities assignment and immediately needs information on some artist. The volume is built for the librarian. This book is recommended for high school and public libraries.—American Reference Books Annual