The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing 1660 - 1789
January 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
- Broad coverage of writers and texts presents a new picture of 18th-century British authorship
- Takes advantage of newly expanded eighteenth-century canon to include significantly more women writers and labouring-class writers than have traditionally been studied
- Draws on the latest scholarship to more accurately reflect the literary achievements of the long eighteenth century
Introduction and Further Reading.
"As with any good collection of biographical essays, one finds many humanizing snippets that bring the century closer to us than any accumulation of facts and dates can do ... The volume reminds us why we fell in love with this period." (The Scriblerian and The Kit-Cats, 1 October 2013)
"This modest volume offers an excellent reference resource for students and scholars, but, as the authors explain, their aim is not only provide ‘reliable and accessible information’ but also ‘to offer a kind of browsing sense of interconnection between writers, and indeed a sample of the collective variety of the period’ (p. xxii)." (Years Work in English Studies, 1 August 2013)
"Excellent ... The range of authors covered in the encyclopaedia, while not exhaustive, should definitely be sufficient for most undergraduate or postgraduate students." (Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 17 July 2013)"The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing 1660-1789should be near at hand for every student and teacher of eighteenth-century literature. The choice of entries among writers, publishers, and key literary titles expands one's sense of the field, especially in the selection of women and labouring-class writers. The encyclopedia is densely packed with accurate, reliable information on the full range of literary life in eighteenth-century Britain, and the variable lengths of the entries are nicely adjusted to facilitate reference while providing narrative interest. Like the best reference works of the eighteenth century, theWiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia is both profitable to consult and a pleasure to peruse."
—Robert DeMaria, Jr, Vassar College