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Encyclopedia of the romantic era, 1760-1850
Murray, Christopher John.
Publication Information:
New York : Fitzroy Dearborn, [2004]

Physical Description:
2 volumes (xlv, 1277 pages) : illustrations ; 29 cm
v. 1. A-K -- v. 2. L-Z.


Format :


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NX452.5.R64 E53 2004 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference
NX452.5.R64 E53 2004 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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In 850 analytical articles, this two-volume set explores the developments that influenced the profound changes in thought and sensibility during the second half of the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century. The Encyclopediaprovides readers with a clear, detailed, and accurate reference source on the literature, thought, music, and art of the period, demonstrating the rich interplay of international influences and cross-currents at work; and to explore the many issues raised by the very concepts of Romantic and Romanticism.

Author Notes

Christopher John Murrayis a writer and editor in the fields of cultural and intellectual history. His previous edited publications include the Encyclopedia of LiteraryCritics and Criticism(Fitzroy Dearborn 1999) and the two-volume Key Writers on Art(Routledge 2002). His is also editor of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of ModernFrench Thought, to be published by Routledge in 2004.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A superb set on one of the most important topics in Western thought and art offers 770 contributed articles on individuals; specific works of literature, art, and music; national developments in cultural areas; and themes, concepts, and events that are significant to the Romantic era. The editor's aim was to look at the time period as broadly as possible to see the changes in thought, philosophy, art, literature, and politics. The encyclopedia does not try to define what Romanticism was but instead to show how the movement manifested itself throughout all aspects of society, culture, and politics. This will be a drawback to a reader looking for a neat definition, but it allows the encyclopedia to cover diverse topics and people, such as Napoleon, Lord Byron, the French Revolution, landscape design, and the symphony. The bulk of the entries are about individuals, including major writers, poets, artists, and musicians from Western Europe, Great Britain, and America. Focusing on what the person did during this period that contributed to or was influenced by the Romantic movement, biographical articles run one to two pages in length and conclude with a one-paragraph biography, a short list of major works, and a selected bibliography of secondary articles and books. A small number of articles are on individual works of literature, music, or art, chosen because they are representative of the period or because they are historically important. Probably the most valuable articles are the broad surveys that cover such topics as American Romanticism, drama, fiction, German idealism, literary criticism, and science. All entries have numerous cross-references that help the reader find related topics. The set opens with an alphabetical list of entries and then a list of entries by subject and by national developments. There is also a comprehensive index at the end of volume 2. Through an interdisciplinary approach to the Romantic era, the encyclopedia gives students or general readers an excellent introduction to the movement while allowing them to see its full scope. Highly recommended for all academic and large public libraries. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

This two-volume set is a masterly accomplishment. Its nearly 800 entries succeed in offering "a broad-ranging guide to the profound changes in thought, sensibility, and expression" that occurred from the last decades of the 18th century to the first half of the 19th century. While this may not be the precise time frame of the Romantic period, editor Murray (Key Writers on Art; Encyclopedia of Literary Critics and Criticism) has made a commendable effort not only to cover all major developments that took place at the time but also to include entries for terms that are not strictly Romantic but are essential for a better understanding of the period. Detailed and compelling, the alphabetically arranged entries have been written by some 250 scholars from Europe and the United States. They cover a spectrum of themes, concepts, approaches, and events (e.g., slavery, fashion, religion, performing arts, and literature); major figures from all disciplines (e.g., Baudelaire, Kant); key works of literature, music, and art (e.g., Leaves of Grass); and surveys designed to provide a broad view of a particular subject (e.g., the culture of the Balkans, German Idealism). In addition to numerous cross references, helpful bibliographies, and an impressive index, the work features a helpful list of subjects arranged alphabetically, a list of entries by subject matter (e.g., dance, science), and a thematic list divided by country. Scholars and history buffs alike will find much to relish in these two volumes. A worthy investment for all libraries.-Manya Chylinski, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Murray offers a cultural encyclopedia of Western literature, thought, music, visual arts, and science during the second half of the 18th and the first half of the 19th centuries. Its 770 analytical essays, arranged alphabetically, contain entries for individuals, works, themes, approaches, events, and broad surveys. Several valuable subject indexes provide guidance to the broadly international and interdisciplinary alphabetical arrangement. Although the work intends to provide a point of departure and an introduction for those exploring this era, its strength lies not so much in discussion of the period's major players, which can be found in many other resources, but in its unique geographical and subject-oriented articles on topics such as Slovak romanticism, homosexuality, and dreams and dreaming. This fascinating and valuable resource seeks to shatter the view that the Romantic era was simply the writing of a handful of English poets. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All academic collections. R. B. Meeker Chicago State University