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Lives of the novelists : a history of fiction in 294 lives

Author: John Sutherland
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2012.
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No previous author has attempted a book such as this: a complete history of novels written in the English language, from the genre's seventeenth-century origins to the present day. In the spirit of Dr. Johnson's Lives of the Poets, acclaimed critic and scholar John Sutherland selects 294 writers whose works illustrate the best of every kind of fiction--from gothic, penny dreadful, and pornography to fantasy,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Sutherland
ISBN: 9780300179477 0300179472
OCLC Number: 759174334
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2011 by Profile Books Ltd."--Title page verso.
Description: xiii, 818 pages ; 27 cm
Contents: The Seventeenth Century. John Bunyan ; Aphra Behn ; Daniel Defoe ; Samuel Richardson --
The Eighteenth Century. Henry Fielding ; Samuel Johnson ; John Cleland ; Laurence Sterne ; Oliver Goldsmith ; Robert Bage ; Olaudah Equiano ; Fanny Burney ; Susanna Haswell ; Mrs Radcliffe ; James Hogg ; Charles Brockden Brown ; Walter Scott ; Jane Austen ; M.G. Lewis ; Mrs Frances Trollope ; Thomas De Quincey ; James Fenimore Cooper ; John Polidori ; Mary Shelley ; Mrs Catherine Gore --
The Nineteenth Century. Harriet Martineau ; The Bulwer-Lyttons : Edward and Rosina ; Benjamin Disraeli ; Nathaniel Hawthorne ; Harrison Ainsworth ; Charles (James) Lever ; J.H. Ingraham ; Postscript : Prentiss Ingraham ; Edgar Allan Poe ; Mrs Gaskell ; Fanny Fern ; William Makepeace Thackeray ; Charles Dickens ; Mrs Henry Wood ; Anthony Trollope ; Grace Aguilar ; The Brontës : Patrick, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, Anne ; Maria Monk ; George Eliot ; Postscript : G.H. Lewes ; Herman Melville ; Mrs E.D.E.N. Southworth ; Eliza Lynn Linton ; Postscript : Beatrice Harraden ; Sylvanus Cobb Jr ; Charlotte Yonge ; Wilkie Collins ; R.M. Ballantyne ; Mary J. Holmes ; Dinah Craik ; George Meredith ; Mrs Oliphant ; Horatio Alger Jr ; George du Maurier ; Postscript : Daphne du Maurier ; Frank R. Stockton ; 'Walter' ; Mrs Mary Braddon ; Samuel Butler ; Mark Twain ; B.L. Farjeon ; Ouida ; Thomas Hardy ; Ambrose Bierce ; Lewis Wingfield ; Henry James ; Bram Stoker ; Grant Allen ; Richard Jefferies ; Robert Louis Stevenson ; Mrs Humphry Ward. Hall Caine ; Sarah Grand ; Marie Corelli ; Lady Florence Dixie ; Olive Schreiner ; William Sharp ; L. Frank Baum ; H. Rider Haggard ; Joseph Conrad ; Ella Hepworth Dixon ; Mary Cholmondeley ; Arthur Conan Doyle ; Postscript : John (Edmund) Gardner ; Frank Danby ; George Egerton ; Kenneth Grahame ; J.M. Barrie ; Charlotte Perkins Gilman ; Postscript : S. Weir Mitchell ; Amanda Ros ; Owen Wister ; Amy Levy ; Florence L. Barclay ; O. Henry ; Violet Hunt ; Edith Wharton ; W.J. Locke ; Thomas Dixon ; Israel Zangwill ; M.P. Shiel ; H.G. Wells ; Arnold Bennett ; John Oliver Hobbes ; Norman Douglas ; Booth Tarkington ; Erskine Childers ; Saki ; B.M. Bower ; Stephen Crane ; Theodore Dreiser ; Zane Grey ; W. Somerset Maugham ; John Buchan ; Edgar Rice Burroughs ; Sabatini ; Edgar Wallace ; Jack London ; Rex Beach ; Warwick Deeping ; Jeffery Farnol ; E.M. Forster ; Mazo de la Roche ; Daisy Ashford ; Mary Webb ; James Joyce ; Virginia Woolf ; Sax Rohmer ; Edna Ferber ; DuBose Heyward ; D.H. Lawrence ; H. Bedford-Jones ; Vicki Baum ; Raymond Chandler ; Katherine Mansfield ; Michael Sadleir ; Sapper ; Hervey Allen ; Enid Bagnold ; Erle Stanley Gardner ; Agatha Christie ; Richmal Crompton ; Richard Aldington ; Djuna Barnes ; Max Brand ; Pearl S. Buck ; James M. Cain ; Captain W.E. Johns ; Phyllis Bentley ; Dashiell Hammett ; Postscript : Lillian Hellman ; Aldous Huxley ; J.B. Priestley ; Henry Williamson ; Louis Bromfield ; Peter Cheyney ; Scott (and Zelda) Fitzgerald ; Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Heminway ; William Faulkner ; Dennis Wheatley ; Elizabeth Bowen ; Vladimir Nabokov. The Twentieth Century. Margaret Mitchell ; Lewis Grassic Gibbon ; Georgette Heyer ; John Steinbeck ; Postscript : John Hersey, John O'Hara ; George Orwell ; Evelyn Waugh ; Postscript : Alec Waugh ; Nathanael West ; Margery Allingham ; Graham Greene ; Patrick Hamilton ; Christopher Isherwood ; Henry Green ; Arthur Koestler ; Anthony Powell ; Ayn Rand ; C.P. Snow ; Rex Warner ; Samuel Beckett ; John Dickson Carr ; Catherine Cookson ; Robert E. Howard ; Jim Thompson ; Leslie Charteris ; James A. Michener ; John Creasey ; Ian Fleming ; Louis L'Amour ; Eric Ambler ; Chester Himes ; Malcolm Lowry ; Postscript : Charles R. Jackson ; Nicholas Monsarrat ; William Golding ; John Cheever ; Lawrence Durrell ; Patrick White ; Howard Fast ; Saul Bellow ; Herman Wouk ; Harold Robbins ; Anthony Burgess ; Arthur C. Clarke ; Muriel Spark ; Mickey Spillane ; Postscript : Carroll John Daly ; Jacqueline Susann ; Iris Murdoch ; Frederik Pohl ; J.D. Salinger ; Charles Willeford ; Isaac Asimov ; Ray Bradbury ; Charles Bukowski ; Dick Francis ; P.D. James ; Paul Scott ; Patricia Highsmith ; Kingsley Amis ; Allistair Maclean ; Postscript : Robert Shaw ; Kurt Vonnegut ; Austin M. Wright ; V.C. Andrews ; Norman Mailer ; Michael Avallone ; James Baldwin ; Brian Aldiss ; Elmore Leonard ; Flannery O'Connor ; William Styron ; John Berger ; John Fowles ; Richard Yates ; Jennifer Dawson ; Marilyn French ; Guillermo Cabrera Infante ; Dan Jacobson ; Chinua Achebe ; J.G. Ballard ; John Barth ; Harold Brodkey ; Edna O'Brien ; Donald Barthelme ; Toni Morrison ; Alice Munro. Trevanian ; Beryl Bainbridge ; Malcolm Bradbury ; V.S. Naipaul ; Sylvia Plath ; John Updike ; B.S. Johnson ; William L. Pierce ; Reynolds Price ; Philip Roth ; Wilbur Smith ; David Storey ; Alasdair Gray ; J.G. Farrell ; Postscript : George MacDonald Fraser ; David Lodge ; Alistair MacLeod ; John Kennedy Toole ; Margaret Atwood ; Postscript : Susanna Moodie ; Jeffrey Archer ; J.M. Coetzee ; Postscript : Bret Easton Ellis ; Michael Crichton ; Peter Carey ; W.G. Sebald ; Vernor Vinge ; Julian Barnes ; Sue Townsend ; Paul Auster ; Postscript : Lydia Davis and Siri Hustvedt ; Postscript : Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt ; Salman Rushdie ; Stephen King ; Robert Jordan ; Ian McEwan ; Martin Amis and Richard Hughes ; Patricia Cornwell ; Alice Sebold ; Rana Dasgupta.
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No previous author has attempted a book such as this: a complete history of novels written in the English language, from the genre's seventeenth-century origins to the present day. In the spirit of Dr. Johnson's Lives of the Poets, acclaimed critic and scholar John Sutherland selects 294 writers whose works illustrate the best of every kind of fiction--from gothic, penny dreadful, and pornography to fantasy, romance, and high literature. Each author was chosen, Professor Sutherland explains, because his or her books are well worth reading and are likely to remain so for at least another century. Sutherland presents these authors in chronological order, in each case deftly combining a lively and informative biographical sketch with an opinionated assessment of the writer's work. Taken together, these novelists provide both a history of the novel and a guide to its rich variety. Always entertaining, and sometimes shocking, Sutherland considers writers as diverse as Daniel Defoe, Henry James, James Joyce, Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Woolf, Michael Crichton, Jeffrey Archer, and Jacqueline Susann.

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