American literary critics and scholars, 1850-1880 /

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Other Authors: Rathbun, John Wilbert, 1924-
Grecu, Monica M.
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Series:Dictionary of literary biography ; v. 64
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Some volumes of the ``Dictionary of Literary Biography'' (DLB) are definitely more useful than others; this is one that most libraries could easily do without. The volume follows the organizational format of the preceding 63 volumes. It treats 35 literary scholars, none of whom are women. It scatters such notables as Mark Twain, Bret Harte, and Walt Whitman among the lesser lights. Of the 35 individuals included, 21 have already been discussed in other volumes of the DLB, some several times. Perhaps the most significant writer included here for the first time in the DLB is Sidney Lanier. More typical of the new entrants are Horace Furness and Henry Ruggles. Since the series is aimed largely at undergraduates, the present volume adds little to the existing volumes that is likely to be useful to the average user. Only libraries that want the complete series will need to add this volume.-M.M. Bohn, University of Nebraska at Omaha

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