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The Victorian novel /
Alan Horsman.
imprint
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1990.
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465 p. ; 23 cm. --
ISBN
0198122160 :
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imprint
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1990.
isbn
0198122160 :
catalogue key
1976264
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [448]-457) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1991-07:
This is the latest volume in a series that made its first appearance about 30 years ago. It is a distinctly unfashionable product for our times, and some readers may even become apoplectic about what it offers. Nevertheless, no serious university library will want to do without it. The topic is the Victorian novelists, and, although this includes the minor novelists (e.g., Disraeli, Kingsley), it stops short of Hardy. Dickens, Thackeray, Trollope, and Eliot are of course stage center, Dickens getting the lion's share of attention. There is little of the obfuscatory prose and casuistical techniques of modern literary theory; indeed, everything is gentlemanly, civilized, traditional. The very brevity of the book (417 pages of text) means a highly compressed and focused look at the novels; Dickens's novels, for example, get as little as two pages each, no more than seven. The point is complimentary: the reader wants to have more because Horsman has many valuable things to say, necessarily highly compressed, more on the order of insights thrown out for one to explore on one's own. The reading of Wuthering Heights is entirely fresh, for example, and should lead to further revaluation of that much misunderstood book. A calendar of events is included, as well as a sharply truncated bibliography.-L. J. Clipper, Indiana University at South Bend
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Main Description
This volume covers the great novelists of the high Victorian age, from the death of Scott in 1832 to the death of George Eliot in 1880. In this period, as the political unease of the first two decades of the century gave way to stability, the novel came into its own. Providing an overview of both the major and minor novelists,The Victorian Noveldevotes separate chapters to Thackeray, Dickens, the Bronts, George Eliot, Trollope, and Meredith and sets the writers and their works against the social and historical background that produced them. A chronological table shows the other literary works and events of this popular time in English writing.
Main Description
This volume covers the great novelists of the high Victorian age, from the death of Scott in 1832 to the death of George Eliot in 1880. In this period, as the political unease of the first two decades of the century gave way to stability, the novel came into its own. Providing an overview of both the major and minor novelists,The Victorian Noveldevotes separate chapters to Thackeray, Dickens, the Bront s, George Eliot, Trollope, and Meredith and sets the writers and their works against the social and historical background that produced them. A chronological table shows the other literary works and events of this popular time in English writing.
Long Description
This volume covers the great novelists of the high Victorian age, from the death of Scott in 1832 to the death of George Eliot in 1880. In this period, as the political unease of the first two decades of the century gave way to stability, the novel came into its own. Providing an overview of both the major and minor novelists, The Victorian Novel devotes separate chapters to Thackeray, Dickens, the Brontes, George Eliot, Trollope, and Meredith and sets the writers and their works against the social and historical background that produced them. A chronological table shows the other literary works and events of this popular time in English writing.

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