Victorian Criticism of the Novel by Edwin M. EignerVictorian Criticism of the Novel by Edwin M. Eigner

Victorian Criticism of the Novel

byEdwin M. Eigner, George J. Worth

Paperback | November 29, 1985

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By the end of the nineteenth century the novel unquestionably had become the most popular and influential of English literary forms. Yet it has not always been clear how the Victorians themselves regarded the nature of prose fiction. This volume is a collection of twelve 'landmark' essays that chart the development of English theories of fiction during the great age of the novel. Spanning the whole of the Victorian period, from Bulwer Lytton's 'On Art in Fiction' (1838) to Conrad's preface to The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' (1897), the volume also includes pieces by George Eliot, Henry James, Robert Louis Stevenson, and a number of the more important critics and reviewers of the time. The editors' introduction surveys the main issues, such as the debate between realism and romance, addressed by novel criticism throughout the period. Each of the selections that follow is set in its historical context by a prefatory essay and is fully annotated for the student. There is a helpful bibliography of further reading.
Title:Victorian Criticism of the NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.59 inPublished:November 29, 1985Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521275202

ISBN - 13:9780521275200

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Table of Contents

1. Edward Bulwer Lytton (1803-1873) From 'On Art in Fiction' (1838); 2. George Moir (1800-1870) From 'Modern Romance and Novel (1842); 3. Archibald Alison (1792-1867) From 'The Historical Romance (1845); 4. Anonymous From 'Recent Works of fiction' (1853); 5. James Fitzjames Stephen (1829-1894) From The Relation of Novels to Life, 1855; 6. William Caldwell Roscoe (1823-1859) From 'W. M. Thackeray, Artist and Moralist (1856); 7. David Masson (1822-1907) From 'British Novelists Since Scott' (1859); 8. George Eliot (Marian Evans) (1819-1880) 'Silly Novels by Lady Novelists' (1856); 9. George Henry Lewes (1817-1878) Criticism in Relation to Novels (1865); 10. Henry James (1843-1916) 'The Art of Fiction' (1884); 11. Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) 'A Humble Remonstrance (1884); 12. Vernon Lee (Violet Paget) (1856-1935) From 'A Dialogue on Novels' (1885); 13. Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) 'Preface to The Nigger of the Narcissus' (1897).