English fiction of the Victorian period, 1830-1890 /
Michael Wheeler.
2nd ed.
London ; New York : Longman, 1994.
xiv, 292 p. : ill. ; 2 cm.
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London ; New York : Longman, 1994.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [237]-285) and index.
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"This is a very good book. It is admirably lucid, written with terseness but generosity...students in higher education for whom this book is intended will be richly rewarded; students and readers of individual novels will benefit from a piecemeal approach." British Book News
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Long Description
Professor Wheeler's widely-acclaimed survey of the nineteenth-century fiction covers both the major writers and their works and encompasses the genres and "minor" fiction of the period. This excellent introduction and reference source has been revised for this second edition to include new material on lesser-known writers and a comprehensively updated bibliography.
Main Description
The updated and expanded appendices provide invaluable reference material for further exploration of this fascinating period of the English novel. Although written primarily for students of English literature, this lucid and lively study will be of interest to all those who enjoy Victorian fiction.
Table of Contents
Pre-Victorian and Early Victorian Fiction
Fads and fashions: historical, silver-fork, Newgate and social-problem novels
Gamblers and speculators: early Thackeray
The privilege of chroniclers: early Dickens
Mid-Century Fiction
A Victorian identity: social-problem, religious and historical novels
No new thing under the sun: Thackeray's major novels
Souls enslaved: the Brontes
An environment of circumstances: Elizabeth Gaskell
Themes and variations: Dickens at mid-century
High Victorian Fiction
Retrospect and prospect: sensational, historical, school and religious novels, fantasy
The mysteries of identity: late Dickens
Truth and a high but gentle spirit: Anthony Trollops
Incarnate history and unhistorical acts: George Eliot
Those high notes and condensings: Meredith
Late Victorian Fiction
Explorations: the new realists and the romance revival, Utopian and religious novels
Circles of hell: Gassing
Significant simplicity: Stevenson
Art is a disproportioning: Hardy
General Bibliographies
English fiction: history and criticism
Victorian background: historical, intellectual, cultural
Victorian fiction
Individual Authors
Notes on biography, major works and criticism
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