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The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, 4 Volume Set



The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, 4 Volume Set


  • Spans the full sweep of literary genres and figures that define this influential period, combining accessibility with an unmatched breadth of coverage and authoritative scholarship
  • Comprises over 330 cross-referenced entries ranging from 1,000 to 7,000 words, arranged in A-Z format
  • >Brings together an impressive team of established and emerging literary scholars from around the world, including including Patrick Brantlinger, Regenia Gagnier, Catherine Gallagher, Kate Flint, and Herbert F. Tucker
  • Features in-depth omnibus entries exploring major topics, including the novel, plays, poetry, and global Victorian studies, alongside succinct entries on themes such as cosmopolitanism, journalism, race, sexuality, and reading
  • Explores the global influence of this literary era on countries and continents from Australia,Afghanistan, and the Arctic, to Africa, China, and the Caribbea
  • Offers an indispensable resource to the current state and future directions of Victorian literature
  • 2016 RUSA Outstanding Reference Sources Winner

4 Volumes

"The comprehensive nature of the set distinguishes it from earlier works, such as the Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era (CH, Sep'04, 42-0047) published by Grolier. Sturdily bound, well indexed, and illustrated with pertinent black-and-white figures, the computer-generated, double-column text is easy on the eye." (Choice 2016)

"The greatest strength of the Encyclopedia is its truly magisterial range of subjects. As expected, the Victorian novel is accorded due weight, with no less than 11 essays examining every aspect of this dominant form, from adventure stories to triple-decker manifestations, and the canonical authors like Dickens and Tennyson are all present. However, many less popular or well-known figures like George Meredith or the Chartist poet and autodidact Thomas Cooper have also been included." (Reference Reviews 2016)