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The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction

The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction

by John Sutherland

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The canon of Victorian fiction represents only a minuscule fraction of the thousands of titles available to read. Here, in language often reflecting Victorian modes of expression, Sutherland makes this fraction more accessible through a dictionary arrangement of 1606 author and title entries. Authors and titles naturally predominate, but publishers, periodicals, illustrators, and sub-genres are treated as well. Compulsively browsable, this companion offers new discoveries on each page, even to those immersed in the field. Its solo authorship accounts for its blemishes as well as its charms. Some entries for items well known to this reviewer have small inaccuracies, possibly due to reliance on conventional biographical sources (for instance, the Dictionary of National Biography ). Yet the Stanford Companion' s range and convenience as a starting point for work on hundreds of novelists commend this work for academic and larger public libraries.-- Barbara J. Dunlap, City Coll., CUNY
First published as the Longman companion to Victorian fiction. An encyclopedic reference to both well- and lesser-known Victorian fiction. The majority of entries cover Victorian writers, with another major group giving full synopses of individual novels. Other entries detail periodicals or genres, such as Punch or "penny dreadfuls". Alphabetical format obviates the need for a subject index. Contains indices of proper names and pseudonyms, and maiden and married names. Especially useful for the discovery of obscure gems. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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John Sutherland is the author of many books, including Lives of the Novelists and How to Be Well Read. He is the Lord Northcliffe Professor of English emeritus at University College London.

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