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The English Novel 1770-1829: Volume I, 1770-1799 by Peter Garside, James Raven, Rainer Schowerling

The English Novel 1770-1829: Volume I, 1770-1799

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The English Novel 1770-1829: Volume I, 1770-1799 by Peter Garside, James Raven, Rainer Schowerling

This historical bibliography provides an entirely new foundation for the literary history of the late eighteenth century and the Romantic age. Offering a fresh assessment of the work of all novelists of the period, the two volumes address problems faced by generations of literary scholars and historians concerned with the development of the English novel. This first volume records full details of all known prose novels in English first published in the British Isles in the final three decades of the eighteenth century. They include many new discoveries, attributions to an extraordinary range of novelists and the first English translations of much Continental popular fiction. The bibliography firmly establishes publication details for many novels now apparently without any extant copies. A leading feature of the bibliography is its examination of a copy of every identified surviving novel. Research by James Raven, Antonia Forster, and many other international collaborators, has allowed a reconstruction of the full cast of British novelists of the period, their publishers and reviewers. A full transcription of titles and imprint lines is given, together with much other bibliographical and historical information, including contemporary reviews (with generous quotation), dedications, and pricing and printing details. Shelf-mark, microform and other library references assist readers to consult the surviving novels in modern library and research collections all over the world. In an introductory historical essay, James Raven considers the different themes embraced by the novel, profiles of popular authorship, translation, the economics and circumstances of novel production and design, and the scope of literary circulation and reception. By revisiting this history of the novel, identifying rare books now scattered across the world, and reconstructing the history of popular literature now lost, the volume challenges existing literary canons and refines our understanding of the range of imaginative writing and authorship in a critical period of English literature.


... the nearest thing to a complete listing we have for any period before the twentieth century ... certainly the most scrupulous ... magnificant bibliography. * John Sutherland, Times Literary Supplement * The sheer density of the book is impressive. No page of it seems to have been touched by a purpose which might have seemed frivolous. * The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual * The listing produced by Raven, Forster, and Bending is a model of thoroughness and clarity. * The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual * This is a most generous bibliography ... the user ultimately is impressed by its plenitude and senses that great attention was given to anticipating the needs and interests of those who would be consulting it. * The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual * This book was meant to be the standard on its subject, and it deserves that distinction. Usage over time will test its transmitted data against the ideal of absolute accuracy, but the sheer abundance of its information and the evident integrity and care with which it was produced give this bibliography the character of utter authoritativeness. * The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual *

About the Author

Peter Garside is Reader in English Literature, Cardiff University James Raven is Reader in Social and Cultural History, Oxford University Rainer Schoewerling is Professor of English Literature, University of Paderborn, Germany

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Publication date

1st May 2000


Peter Garside, James Raven, Rainer Schowerling

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Oxford University Press


884 pages


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