The Cambridge Companion to English Novelists

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In this Companion, leading scholars and critics address the work of the most celebrated and enduring novelists from the British Isles (excluding living writers), among them Defoe, Richardson, Sterne, Austen, Dickens, the Brontes, George Eliot, Hardy, James, Lawrence, Joyce, and Woolf. The significance of each writer in their own time is explained, the relation of their work to that of predecessors and successors explored, and their most important novels analysed. These essays do not aim to create a canon in a prescriptive way, but taken together they describe a strong, developing tradition of the writing of fictional prose over the past three hundred years. This volume is a helpful guide for those studying and teaching the novel, and will allow readers to consider the significance of less familiar authors such as Henry Green and Elizabeth Bowen alongside those with a more established place in literary history.

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Adrian Poole is Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity College.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Adrian Poole Poole, Adrian 1

1 Daniel Defoe Thomas Keymer Keymer, Thomas 14

2 Samuel Richardson Peter Sabor Sabor, Peter 31

3 Henry Fielding Jane Spencer Spencer, Jane 48

4 Laurence Sterne Melvyn New New, Melvyn 63

5 Frances Burney Vivien Jones Jones, Vivien 80

6 Jane Austen Jocelyn Harris Harris, Jocelyn 98

7 Walter Scott Alison Lumsden Lumsden, Alison 116

8 Charles Dickens Robert Douglas-Fairhurst Douglas-Fairhurst, Robert 132

9 William Makepeace Thackeray Nicholas Dames Dames, Nicholas 149

10 Charlotte Bronte Patsy Stoneman Stoneman, Patsy 165

11 Emily Bronte Heather Glen Glen, Heather 180

12 Elizabeth Gaskell Brigid Lowe Lowe, Brigid 193

13 Anthony Trollope David Skilton Skilton, David 210

14 George Eliot Jill L. Matus Matus, Jill L. 225

15 Thomas Hardy Penny Boumelha Boumelha, Penny 242

16 Robert Louis Stevenson Adrian Poole Poole, Adrian 258

17 Henry James Michiel Heyns Heyns, Michiel 272

18 Joseph Conrad Robert Hampson Hampson, Robert 290

19 D. H. Lawrence Michael Bell Bell, Michael 309

20 James Joyce Maud Ellmann Ellmann, Maud 326

21 E. M. Forster Santanu Das Das, Santanu 345

22 Virginia Woolf Maria Dibattista Dibattista, Maria 361

23 Elizabeth Bowen Victoria Coulson Coulson, Victoria 377

24 Henry Green Bharat Tandon Tandon, Bharat 393

25 Evelyn Waugh Anthony Lane Lane, Anthony 407

26 Graham Greene Dorothea Barrett Barrett, Dorothea 423

27 William Golding Robert Macfarlane Macfarlane, Robert 438

Guide to further reading 454

Index 457

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