A non fiction book by Elizabeth A Trembley
Until now, Michael Crichton's many readers have had nowhere to turn for more information on one of America's most popular novelists. This companion features clear analyses of Crichton's life and literary influences, as well as chapters on each of his 13 novels to date. It should help Crichton's readers to learn more about how significant events in his life affected the development of his fiction and literary style and how the heritage of popular fiction, including mystery, gothic, adventure and science fiction, influenced his writing. This study provides close textual analysis of each of his novels in turn, focusing on plot, character development, theme and critical interpretation. This study analyses Crichton's novels from "The Andromeda Strain" (1969) to "Disclosure" (1994). It features a clear, user-friendly organisation, with two general chapters on Crichton's life and literary heritage, and one chapter on each of his novels. For ease of use by the reader, each chapter is subdivided into sections on general critical analysis, plot, theme, character development, and alternative perspectives on the novel that offer additional insight. The author shows how each of Crichton's novels incorporates a theme or debate from current culture and how his visions of genetically engineered dinosaurs, killer viruses from outer space, and deadly relations in international business have become part of American culture. This study should help the reader to understand the important issues raised by Crichton's fiction and to apply critical insight to an examination of those issues.
January 1996 : USA Hardback
Title: Michael Crichton: A Critical Companion (Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers)
Author(s): Elizabeth Trembley
ISBN: 0-313-29414-3 / 978-0-313-29414-3 (USA edition)