Masterplots Cyclopedia of World Authors, 1958 2 volumes Edtiors Magill and Kohler
Masterplots Cyclopedia of World Authors, 1958 in 2 volumes, First Edition, edited by Frank Magill and Dayton Kohler includes biographical information on more than 750 authors from Pierre Abelard to Arnold Zweig.
This general encyclopedia is a handy reference even considering its publication date. Its emphasis is upon the western world, ancient to modern, although it does include the orient and other continents in some measure. The reference material is carefully but succinctly presented.
Masterplots in the title is a bit misleading because these books do NOT include plots. The word is a reference to the publisher's series.
The two volumes include listings A to Kao and Kay to Z. The books are in good vintage condition--strong, firm binding, no tears or damage and a few inserted marks to show death dates of authors. Each volume measures 6 inches by9 1/4 inches by 1 1/2 inches and combined have 1200 pages. There are no dust jackets, and the books show some self wear as the pages are browned at the edges.