Encyclopedia of the Victorian era /
James Eli Adams, editor in chief ; Tom Pendergast and Sara Pendergast, editors.
Danbury, CT : Grolier Academic Reference, 2004.
4 v. : ill.
0717258602 (set)
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Danbury, CT : Grolier Academic Reference, 2004.
0717258602 (set)
contents note
v. 1. Acto-Dogs -- v. 2. Dome-Manc -- v. 3. Mann-Spin -- v. 4. Spir-Zool.
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-09-01:
Grolier's scholarly but far from dry encyclopedia covers events, cultural trends, and things Victorian. Entries ranging in length from a few paragraphs to several pages are written by experts, treat topics from William Acton to zoological gardens, and seek to encompass the important issues, people, and events of the Victorian era. Wisely, the work does not confine itself just to England, or to biographical sketches or even to Britain's worldwide empire, but defines "Victorian" more broadly to include famous (and infamous) figures like Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, international trends such as the Aesthetic Movement, and changes in courts and the law in the UK, Canada, and the US. While predictable figures such as Queen Victoria and Benjamin Disraeli appear, so too do social history topics such as the sporting life, penny dreadfuls, and cholera. The work includes a subject index, a synoptic table of contents, a directory of contributors, cross-references within articles, and suggestions for further reading after each entry. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. College and graduate-level libraries as well as larger public libraries serving history buffs. A. B. Johnson SUNY College at Cortland
Appeared in Library Journal on 2005-03-01:
This superb interdisciplinary encyclopedia focuses on Great Britain during Victoria's reign, from 1837 to 1901. However, topics that come before and after are included when they shed light on the period. Also covered are the influences Victorian Britain had outside the country (as seen in entries on Jamaica and New Zealand, for instance) and the outside forces that influenced Victorian culture (e.g., P.T. Barnum and Frederick Olmsted). Adams (Cornell Univ.) began by assembling an editorial team, primarily from prestigious American universities, to create a list of appropriate topics. The range is impressive, from straightforward subjects, such as pets and soap, to more abstract ones, such as evolution and industrialization. The resulting 627 signed and alphabetically arranged entries, written by 195 experts, are engagingly handled, explain the important aspects of each topic, and show how it fits into an understanding of Victorian culture. Peppered with black-and-white illustrations, these entries vary in length from a few hundred to several thousand words and conclude with lists of further readings. The set ends with an extremely useful and impressive back matter of nearly 400 pages, which consists of primary sources arranged under broad topics, a listing of web resources, a synoptic table of contents, and a detailed index. Bottom Line Although there are several cheaper alternatives, such as Holt's Encyclopedia of the Victorian World, this thorough work is highly recommended for all libraries. It is accessible enough for upper-level high school students and history buffs while remaining comprehensive enough to appeal to scholars.-Ann Carlson, River Forest, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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