The English Civil War through the Restoration in fiction : an annotated bibliography, 1625-1999 /
Roxane C. Murph.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
viii, 349 p.
031331425X (alk. paper)
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
031331425X (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-09-01:
Murph has cataloged and annotated 936 items in three sections (verse; novels and short stories; plays). Many entries cite obscure 17th-century items (e.g., "A Song Upon Titus: To the Tune of Hail to the Mirtle Shade" a one-page poem, 1680). Many others are little-known modern novels, including juvenile fiction and romantic novels loosely based on 17th-century English history. Very few works cited are found in the canon of major literature. Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year is here, as are major poems by Dryden and plays by Otway, Behn, and Dryden, but much other important contemporary poetry (Rochester's, for example) and drama are missing. But we are already familiar with the canon, and although Murph does not explain why some titles are included and others excluded, the book's contribution is to bring together and annotate the astonishing number of novels and plays written during the last several hundred years that used the Stuart period as background (e.g., John Walker's Nell Gwynne: An Historical Drama in Two Acts, 1830). Every title, regardless of merit, receives a paragraph of intelligent annotation. Not for undergraduates, but occasional enthusiasts will find it fascinating. W. Miller; Florida Atlantic University
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'œEvery title, regardless of merit, receives a paragraph of intelligent annotation....enthusiasts will find it fascinating.'' CHOICE
'œIf the English Civil War, as Sharon Achinstein has cogently argues, a revolution in reading, it was a revolution in writing too, and Roxanne C. Murphy's The English Civil War through the Restoration in Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography, 1625-1999 undertakes the ambitious and valuable task of cataloguing the verse, novels, and short stories concerning that cataclysmic fills a real need...will prove useful to many students and scholars.'' Studies In English Literature
'œEvery reference library should have this valuable volume on its shelves.'' ARBA
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Long Description
A period of tumultuous political and religious strife, the English Civil War has inspired writers for the past four centuries. Their works vary widely in quality from the hurriedly written political verse of the 17th century and the superficial or sentimental novels of the 19th and 20th centuries to the brilliantly conceived novels of Daniel Defoe, Nigel Tranter, and Iain Pears. All provide a perspective on a turbulent era. A useful tool for historians and researchers, this bibliography provides access to verse, novels, short stories, and plays about the Civil War era written between 1625 and 1999. The book opens with an introductory survey of the political and religious conflicts that led to the war and the execution of Charles I and that continued through the Interregnum, Cromwell's Protectorate, and the Restoration of Charles II. It then provides a discussion of some of the fiction written about the events and personalities of the period. With over 900 annotated entries, the bibliography itself includes virtually all of the fiction written about the period.
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Verse Novels and Short Stories Plays
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