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The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals 1824-1900, 5 Vols

Houghton, Walter, E. et al.

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ISBN 10: 0802027199 / ISBN 13: 9780802027191
Published by University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1966
Condition: g to vg Soft cover

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Quarto. xxiv, 1194,xxii, 1221, xvii, 1012 (1), xx, 826, xiv, 923pp. Original printed dustjackets over red cloth with silver tooling and gilt lettering on spine, brodart protected, volume four with modern mylar. "The importance of Victorian periodicals to modern scholars can scarcely be exaggerated. Because about ninety per cent of all articles in Victorian journals were published anonymously or pseudonymously, it is the identification of most of these writings that is the major contribution of The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals. The value of these identifications rests partly on the fact that essays on controversial subjects - and most Victorian essays were of this kind - have to be placed in context by knowing who the author was and something about his other works. Similarly, a student working on a particular writer has a special need to learn not only what articles he wrote himself, but also who wrote the principal criticism of his work." Identification of contributors with bibliographies of their articles and stories in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1866-1900), The Contemporary Review (1866-1900), The Cornhill Magazine (1860-1900), The Edinburgh Review (1802-1900), The Home and Foreign Review (1862-1864), Macmillan's Magazine (1859-1900), The North British Review (1844-1871), The Quarterly Review (1824-1900), The Bentley's Quarterly Review (1859-1860),The Dublin Review (1836-1900), among many others. Covering the period from the beginning of the Westminster Review in 1824 to the end of the century. Contains bibliographies of contributors, indices of pseudonyms, including initials, abbreviations and short titles as well as corrections relating to previously published volumes. DJs with light wear along edges, minor to small tears and creasing, volume two with some water staining at spine. Some foxing at top edges of volumes one and five. DJs in overall good, bindings and interiors in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 40244

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Title: The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals...

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Toronto

Publication Date: 1966

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:g to vg

Edition: First edition.

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The importance of Victorian periodicals to modern scholars can scarcely be exaggerated. In scores of journals and thousands of articles there is a remarkable record of contemporary thought in every field, with a full range of opinion on every major question - a range exceeding what could be found, in many cases, in such books as were devoted to the topic being investigated. Furthermore, reviews and magazines reflect the current situation and are indispensable for the study of opinion at a given moment or in a short span of years.

Because nearly 75 per cent of all the articles in Victorian journals were published anonymously or pseudonymously,the identification of most of these writings is the major contribution of The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals. The Index has made possible, for the first time, bibliographies of the periodical writings of almost ten thousand writers in thrity-five major journals. By assigning an average of 87 per cent of the articles to their contributors, it as enabled the scholar to read them more intelligently by knowing the charactersitic outlook of the author, and has provided the student of a particular writer with the names of the principal critics of his work.

By opening up new possibilities for the study of men and ideas, the Wellesley Index is proving to be an invaluable guide to the history of Victorian opinion in the fields of religion, politics, science, economics, travel, law, linguistics, music, the fine arts, and literature.


`Simply a great work of reference. Future scholars will wonder how anybody managed without the Wellesley Index. It will quietly change the whole nature of Victorian studies.' - Christopher Ricks, New Statesman

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