001: The Oxford Chronology of English Literature

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Provides scholars, teachers, students, and readers with the printed record of English literature from 1474 to the year 2001. Includes nearly 30,000 works by more than 4000 authors, covering fiction, poetry, drama, literary scholarship, and nonfiction.

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Michael Cox works as Senior Commissioning Editor, Reference Books, at Oxford University Press. He is the author of the standard biography of the scholar, M. R. James, and has edited a selection of James's ghost stories for the World's Classics series. He has also edited or co-edited several Oxford anthologies of fiction.

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Cox, an editor at Oxford and an authority on Victorian supernatural fiction, has compiled an impressive directory of English printed works from 1474 to 2000 and, in doing so, has updated the Annals of English Literature, which only went up to 1950. Mostly, he succeeds in his purpose-to provide a sampling of works published in a given year and offer a glimpse into intellectual and literary currents at a particular time in British history. The variety of works is intriguing: for the year 1588, for example, Cox includes not only expected publications, such as Thomas Harriot's Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia, but also delightful surprises like Timothy Bright's Characterie, the first manual of shorthand in English. Cox also features representative texts by women and working-class authors. Although quite user-friendly, with clear explanations of the format, this manual has some limitations. Cox defines English literature as works by "British authors published in Britain and authors of the colonial period who published principally with British publishing houses." Therefore, colonial poet Anne Bradstreet makes the cut because her work was initially published in Britain, but Benjamin Franklin does not despite his having been an internationally known scientist well before the American Revolution. Also, it is a little peculiar that Irish author John Banville is included while Booker Prize winners such as Canadian Margaret Atwood are not. Still, the breadth and depth of this reference more than compensate for its flaws. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.
Kevin O'Kelly, Somerville P.L., MA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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