Summary:

This historical bibliography provides an entirely new foundation for the literary history of the late eighteenth century and the Romantic age. Offering a fresh assessment of the work of all novelists of the period, the two volumes address problems faced by generations of literary scholars andhistorians concerned with the development of the English novel.This first volume records full details of all known prose novels in English first published in the British Isles in the final three decades of the eighteenth century. They include many new discoveries, attributions to an extraordinary range of novelists and the first English translations of muchContinental popular fiction. The bibliography firmly establishes publication details for many novels now apparently without any extant copies.A leading feature of the bibliography is its examination of a copy of every identified surviving novel. Research by James Raven, Antonia Forster, and many other international collaborators, has allowed a reconstruction of the full cast of British novelists of the period, their publishers andreviewers. A full transcription of titles and imprint lines is given, together with much other bibliographical and historical information, including contemporary reviews (with generous quotation), dedications, and pricing and printing details. Shelf-mark, microform and other library referencesassist readers to consult the surviving novels in modern library and research collections all over the world.In an introductory historical essay, James Raven considers the different themes embraced by the novel, profiles of popular authorship, translation, the economics and circumstances of novel production and design, and the scope of literary circulation and reception. By revisiting this history of thenovel, identifying rare books now scattered across the world, and reconstructing the history of popular literature now lost, the volume challenges existing literary canons and refines our understanding of the range of imaginative writing and authorship in a critical period of Englishliterature.

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General Notes:Includes indexes.
Physical Description:2 volumes ; 24 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
ISBN:0198183178 (v. 1 : acid-free paper)
9780198183174 (v. 1 : acid-free paper)
0198183186 (v. 2)
9780198183181 (v. 2)
Author Notes:

Peter Garside is Reader in English Literature, Cardiff UniversityJames Raven is Reader in Social and Cultural History, Oxford UniversityRainer Schowerling is Professor of English Literature, University of Paderborn, Germany

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