Guide to British prose fiction explication : nineteenth and twentieth centuries /
LynnDianne Beene.
New York : G.K. Hall ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1997.
xlviii, 697 p. ; 25 cm.
0816119872 (alk. paper)
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New York : G.K. Hall ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1997.
0816119872 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 619-697).
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-10:
This bibliography provides an equivalent for prose to Guide to British Poetry Explication (4 vols.,1991-95; CH, Jul'91, Jan'94, Jul'95), following the guidelines and format originally established in J.M. Kuntz's Poetry Explication (1950; rev. ed., 1962; 3rd ed., 1980). Included are "selected British prose fiction works from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries." Authors born in or self-identified with the British Isles (e.g., Salman Rushdie) are included, while those native to current or former British colonies are not. Detective, science fiction, and spy novelists Aldiss, Ambler, Christie, Arthur C. Clarke, Wilkie Collins, Conan Doyle, Le Carre, Sayers, Stoker, and Colin Wilson are all included. Popular novelists A.A. Milne and P.G. Wodehouse are included but, curiously, Richard Adams is not. Critical articles, chapters, and books cited evaluate aspects of British prose texts from a variety of perspectives. Cross-cultural, linguistic, new historical, and semiotic critical approaches are all represented. Book reviews explicating works by current novelists (e.g., Malcolm Bradbury) are also cited. Entries are not annotated. Arrangement is alphabetical by author, then by title. A 78-page list of main sources consulted concludes the book. The closest comparable work is the "English Novel Explication" series (Shoe String Press and Archon Books), which includes more authors (e.g., R. Adams, M. Allingham) but does not cover short stories. Both works are therefore needed in most academic library reference collections. Recommended. E. J. Carpenter; Oberlin College
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Reference & Research Book News, August 1997
Choice, October 1997
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