In this Companion, leading scholars and critics address the work of the most celebrated and enduring novelists from the British Isles (excluding living writers): among them Defoe, Richardson, Sterne, Austen, Dickens, the Brontës, George Eliot, Hardy, James, Lawrence, Joyce, and Woolf. The significance of each writer in their own time is explained, the relation of their work to that of predecessors and successors explored, and their most important novels analysed. These essays do not aim to create a canon in a prescriptive way, but taken together they describe a strong developing tradition of the writing of fictional prose over the past 300 years. This volume is a helpful guide for those studying and teaching the novel, and will allow readers to consider the significance of less familiar authors such as Henry Green and Elizabeth Bowen alongside those with a more established place in literary history.
Introduction Adrian Poole; 1. Daniel Defoe Tom Keymer; 2. Samuel Richardson Peter Sabor; 3. Henry Fielding Jane Spencer; 4. Laurence Sterne Melvyn New; 5. Frances Burney Vivien Jones; 6. Jane Austen Jocelyn Harris; 7. Walter Scott Alison Lumsden; 8. Charles Dickens Robert Douglas-Fairhurst; 9. William Makepeace Thackeray Nicholas Dames; 10. Charlotte Brontë Patsy Stoneman; 11. Emily Brontë Heather Glen; 12. Elizabeth Gaskell Brigid Lowe; 13. Anthony Trollope David Skilton; 14. George Eliot Jill L. Matus; 15. Thomas Hardy Penny Boumelha; 16. Robert Louis Stevenson Adrian Poole; 17. Henry James Michiel Heyns; 18. Joseph Conrad Robert Hampson; 19. D. H. Lawrence Michael Bell; 20. James Joyce Maud Ellmann; 21. E. M. Forster Santanu Das; 22. Virginia Woolf Maria DiBattista; 23. Elizabeth Bowen Victoria Coulson; 24. Henry Green Bharat Tandon; 25. Evelyn Waugh Anthony Lane; 26. Graham Greene Dorothea Barrett; 27. William Golding Robert Macfarlane; Further reading; Index.
The ideal introduction to the English novel for students and teachers, this book assesses the importance of the finest novelists in the English language (excluding living writers). Each writer is introduced in his or her literary context, and the major works are analysed.
Adrian Poole is Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity College.
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