"...One of the most thought-provoking books on the novel I have read in years... Satire in an Age of Realism challenges us in the way that major contributions to the field should: it takes risks, runs into difficulties, excites and chagrins us, and in the end convinces us that, much as we may disagree with the author, we are undoubtedly in the presence of an important new voice in our (forever fashion-prone) conversations about the novel."
-Novel: A Forum on Fiction
"...masterfully written...should be required reading for anyone working not only on the Fin de Siècle but also on nineteenth-century literature and the novel more generally... a tour de force."
"In brief, Matz's readings of individual authors offer both pleasures and insights, and his overall arguments do not fail to engage (and sometimes provoke) the reader. Though he limits his argument to British fiction, his range of literary referenceespecially to French literature is relatively broad, and his book makes a substantive contribution to the study of satire, a much neglected form. Finally, this book showcases a formidable critical talent at work, and we will look forward to seeing more of it in years to come."