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The Victoria reader : a treasury of timeless stories
Slung, Michele B., 1947-
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New York : Hearst Books, [2003]

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xv, 496 pages ; 23 cm
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PR1309.S5 V53 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Victoria magazine continues a great tradition with an expansive and thoroughly engaging collection of works by such literary luminaries as Edith Wharton, Saki, H.G. Wells, Oscar Wilde, O. Henry, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mark Twain ( The #65533;1,000,000 Bank Note ) appears, along with P.G. Wodehouse ( Something to Worry About ) and Sarah Orne Jewett ( Miss Becky's Pilgrimage ). Thrilling intrigues, cherished fables, family revelations, social situations, romantic episodes, and comic interruptions: inside every story a magical and surprising world exists, waiting to be discovered. And this grandly oversized anthology promises an infinity of pleasures--the joy of encountering old favorites and meeting new ones; an escape into the hearts, minds, and spirits of a variety of characters; and a lavish mix of realism and fantasy, sentiment and satire, humor and adventure. Filled with memorable moments and unforgettable heroes, every enticing tale will be read over and over again.

About the Author
Michele Slung has been called "an editor and reviewer of unusual discrimination" ( New York Newsday ). Her books, which have been translated into ten languages, include the national bestsellers Momilies#65533; : As My Mother Used to Say #65533; and More Momilies#65533; ; the influential mystery anthology Crime on Her Mind: Fifteen Stories of Female Sleuths from the Victorian Era to the Forties ; and the Book-of-the-Month Club main selection, Murder & Other Acts of Literature . Most recently she has published Stranger: Dark Tales of Eerie Encounters and Living with Cannibals and Other Women's Adventures . She has been contributing a column on books and reading to Victoria since 1994.

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Library Journal Review

This anthology arranges a variety of Victorian stories in broad categories, such as social situations, lingering encounters, thrilling intrigues, and so forth. Selecting from such authors as Edith Wharton, P.G. Wodehouse, Cornelia A.P. Comer, Laurence Housman, and John Galsworth, editor Slung (Living with Cannibals and Other Women's Stories) presents narratives with a range of diverse settings, characters, and events. These quiet, deliberate pieces are pleasing in their subjects, even reassuring in the reasonableness of the events they describe. There's no terror, no violence, no heart-stopping shocks-just a bygone era of societal manners, drawing-room clothing and conversation, and daily dullness. It is, in other words, "escapist fiction" without the frightening reality of evil vs. good that that term often connotes, and it will delight those who would prefer not to know about the world today, who wish to live in a more ordered, gently perceived time. For larger public libraries whose readers enjoy stories of society and manners.-Marilyn S. Lary, North Georgia Coll. & State Univ. Lib., Dahlonega (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.