March 12, 2019

Book Review: Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction by Morrison

Exciting news! Another book I've contributed to has been published and is available for purchase. I've posted all of the details below. While I'm at it, I'm going to follow up on this post with other volumes I've helped author in the past. Stay tuned for more!

Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction

Edited by Kevin A. Morrison

Academic, 19th-Century, British History, Nonfiction, Reference
318 pages
October 15, 2018
Purchase Links: Amazon, McFarland

My Goodreads Rating:
5 out of 5 stars (obviously, since I'm one of the contributing authors) 

Official Book Summary:
"This companion to Victorian popular fiction includes more than 300 cross-referenced entries on works written for the British mass market. Biographical sketches cover the writers and their publishers, the topics that concerned them and the genres they helped to establish or refine. Entries introduce readers to long-overlooked authors who were widely read in their time, with suggestions for further reading and emerging resources for the study of popular fiction." 

Others' Reviews:

“Morrison collects in this volume more than 300 cross-referenced entries on mass-market British fiction published in the latter half of the 19th century. While similar, earlier works exist the focus on popular fiction is an important distinction...points to key changes in the Victorian literary landscape...there are sections addressing topics concerning the writes themselves. These are especially helpful in contextualizing subjects within the given period, which can be significantly different from how they’re viewed today...recommended”—Library Journal

“Common themes in Victorian popular fiction, from bigamy and vivisection to masculinity and motherhood, are explored in historical context. An extensive list of works cited and consulted appears at the end of the volume. Recommended”—Booklist

“Weaves together an alphabetical listing of entries to create a literary and social narrative that bridges the gap between the Victorian Era and the students’ present, making this guide a welcome addition to any library’s shelves.”—ARBA

My Contribution and Endorsement:

I authored two articles within this reference volume, "A World of Girls," about the best-selling 19th-century girls' school novel that was popular worldwide but has since been forgotten, and "L.T. Meade," a short biography of the author who published not only A World of Girls but over 200 other books covering a wide variety genres. She's a fascinating woman and author worthy of recognition and study. Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction is a great reference volume for any scholar or reader of nineteenth-century British fiction.


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