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Title:
British novelists between the wars
Author:
Johnson, George M.
Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale Research, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
xxvii, 442 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm.
General Note:
"A Bruccoli Clark Layman book."
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780787618469

9780787618445
Format :
Book

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Central Library PR881 .B728 1998 V.191 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
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This volume provides biographical and analytical coverage of British novelists between the wars.


Summary

This volume provides biographical and analytical coverage of authors, arranged by genre and time period.


Reviews 5

Booklist Review

This important series continues with volumes covering a wide range of writers. British Novelists Between the Wars includes entries on H. E. Bates, Daphne du Maurier, Radclyffe Hall, and Georgette Heyer. French Dramatists profiles 34 writers, among them Georges Feydeau and George Sand. American Poets extends coverage of poets who have made their mark after 1945, including Michael Anania and John Cage. It also provides an updated entry on James Dickey.


Library Journal Review

This third volume in the "Dictionary of Literary Biography" series on "The House of Scribner" brings the publisher's story to the founding family's selling the operation to Macmillan. The volume offers a general introductory history along with reminiscences from the late Charles Scribner Jr., an illustrated chronology, and brief biographies and correspondence among 20 of its star authors including Nancy Hale, Marcia Davenport, Alan Tate, James Jones, and Loren Eisley and legendary editor Max Perkins. Each author listing is buttressed with photographs, reproductions of original jackets, and facsimiles of letters. Though all publishers have their stars, Scribner is the house that produced the true giants of fiction and nonfiction alike. These volumes tell their stories, which collectively comprise the story of 20th-century American literature itself. Recommended.‘Michael Rogers, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

DLB 191, a companion to DLB 153, Late-Victorian and Edwardian British Novelists, First Series (1995) and its forthcoming Second Series volume, is not comprehensive but is representative of the vast variety of between-the-wars ("lost generation") writers--historical (C.S. Forester, Robert Graves, Doris Leslie) and its subgenre war novelists (Francis Brett Young), women and feminists (Vera Brittain, Charlotte Haldone), psychologically realistic (Ann Bridge), domestic, suburban, regional life (Edward Sackville-West, Henry Williamson, Young again), left-wing (Rhys Davies, Naomi Jacob), and futuristic and fantasy (Dorothy Emily Stevenson). Openness to British fiction by American publishers is said to have given rise to the vast range of fiction and to the unprecedented number of writers whose biographies illustrate the emotional and economic struggles of this period. DLB 194, the subject of the rest of this review, dovetails nicely with DLB 15 (British Novelists, 1930-1959, 2 parts, 1983) and continues DLB 14 (British Novelists since 1960, 1983). Due to the enormous number of novels (8,000 each year) published in Britain, this DLB volume has been selective. Its criteria for inclusion of the novelists is similar to those for eligibility for the Booker Prize: "novelists who have made their careers in the British Isles . . . , whatever their country of birth." The writers portray the "conflict, or mixture, of experimental and traditional motives and practices" in the novel of the past 38 years. Pluralism (multicultural and exotic) characterizes the majority of these novels, which stylistically are "reader friendly." The conventional/traditional novelists include Anita Brookner, Anthony Burgess, and Iris Murdoch; the innovative/experimental are represented by Martin Amis, James Kelman, Salman Rushdie, and Julian Barnes. Both DLB volumes offer a comprehensive introduction to the periods under discussion. DLB 194 includes Booker Prize shortlists of 1969 to 1996, a long description of the award, and the cumulative index. Recommended for any type of library. P. Kujoory; Southern Methodist University


Library Journal Review

The Dictionary of Literary Biography is certainly a well-known and excellent set that has real value for undergraduate literary research. But these costly volumes tumble out endlessly, with seemingly infinite variations and extensions on various literary themes. American Travel Writers, 1850-1915, for example, directly complements DLB's Volume 183, American Travel Writers, 1776-1864, making it clear that pre-1776 and post-1915 remain possibilities. British Reform Writers, 1832-1914 likewise complements DLB's Volume 158, which covers 1789-1832, leaving pre-1789 and post-1914 as additional possibilities. Approximately half of the writers included in these two new volumes show up in other volumes in different guises. But do we really need Nelly Bly in one volume as a journalist and in another as a travel writer, or five different variations on Henry James? Do we need this much information on secondary and even tertiary writers? One can, of course, instead use the "Concise" editions, although the "Concise" edition of the American series is now ten years old. Perhaps we should expect a revised "Concise" edition as well as another of Gale's revision series, since the earliest volumes of the primary set are now 20 years old. This set is too much of a good thing; most libraries can purchase only the most relevant volumes or wait for Gale's special discount offers.‘Peter A. Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mt. Pleasant, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

A well-researched contribution to the series, this volume follows American Travel Writers, 1776-1864, ed. by James Schramer and Donald Ross (1997), continuing its coverage for 1850-1915. It presents writers who wrote in the travel genre and typify US society and civilization of the period. British travel writing is covered by British Travel Writers, 1837-1875 (1996), British Travel Writers, 1876-1909 (1997), and British Travel Writers, 1910-1939 (1998), all edited by Barbara Brothers and Julia Gergits. Each entry is written by a recognized expert, offers a concise biography, a bibliography of selected publications, and references. The biographies include a historical perspective of the time period, significant facts about the writer, and appropriate drawings and photographs. Entries often include a reproduction from the title page of one of the author's works. Recommended for all libraries; those that already subscribe to the series or specialize in travel literature will want to be sure to add this one. D. A. Forro; Michigan State University


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