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This is the third and final volume in the "Dictionary of Literary Biography" subseries on 19th-century American literary critics and scholars (v.1, CH, Feb '88; v.2. CH, Jul '88). The format is the familiar one; each entry, written by an expert in the field, contains a full list of the author's works, brief biographical information, and a list of critical sources for further research. Portraits of the author are also included as well as occasional reproductions of letters, manuscripts, or drawings. Entries vary from 4 to 26 pages in length; the bulk of each is an analysis of the author's contributions to critical theory. Encompassing the schools of socialism, realism, aestheticism, and historicism, the authors represented in this volume include Henry James, Ambrose Bierce, Frank Norris, and Fred Lewis Pattee. The 36 scholars and critics covered "first formulated and applied their theories within the period 1880-1900." As with other volumes in the series, a cumulated index is included; and individual entries refer to coverage of these authors in other DLB volumes. The foreword by editors Rathbun (California State University, Los Angeles) and Grecu (University of Nevada, Reno) offers a concise overview of the literary milieu of the late 19th century. Given the subject coverage and narrow focus of this volume and its companions, those who do not receive the DLB series on standing order may wish to purchase them for graduate or specialized collections. -J. Smith, University of California, San Diego
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