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PR888.W6 S68 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This excellent bibliography will help researchers, scholars, general readers, and librarians identify what has been written about Anita Brookner, Margaret Drabble, Iris Murdoch, and Barbara Pym

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George Soule (Ph.D., Yale University) has taught at Oberlin, the University of Wisconsin, and, most recently, Carleton College in Minnesota. He retired in 1995 to Minnesota with his wife, Carolyn.

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Booklist Review

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Choice Review

For these four novelists, Soule offers an annotated bibliography of secondary sources, from the beginning of their careers through 1996. He does not include non-English language material, magazines or newspapers, dissertations, or most critical reviews. For early criticism, this bibliography covers much the same ground as Robert Stanton's A Bibliography of Modern British Novelists (CH, Oct'78; updated for Drabble by Gyde-Christine Martin, "Margaret Drabble: A Bibliography," Bulletin of Bibliography, 45 [March 1988]: 21-22). The work of Barbara Pym is covered more exhaustively in Dale Salwak's Barbara Pym: A Reference Guide (1991). Lynn Veach Sadler's Anita Brookner (1990) includes a fine annotated bibliography. There seems little apart from their gender and late 20th-century status that these four writers have in common. A grouping of British women novelists writing in the same decade or on similar themes would make the source useful to more readers. Including citations to criticism of nonfiction would not have made the book unduly cumbersome, and would have increased its usefulness. Despite these limitations, Soule's bibliography is helpful because it includes material through 1996, groups material about particular novels, includes helpful dual citations and annotations for secondary sources that cover more than one novel, and especially provides careful, precise, and sensitive annotations, qualities that make it very useful for general readers and undergraduates. N. Kushigian; University of California, Davis