From Jane Austen to Joseph Conrad


Robert C. Rathburn and Martin Steinmann Jr., editors

David Daisches, Douglas Bush, Robert B. Heilman, Arthur Mizener, and William Van O’Connor are among the contributors to this volume of essays on the nineteenth-century British novel. Each of the selections has been written expressly for this book and is published here for the first time.

There are a total of 20 essays, each by a different contributor. In addition, Mr. Rathburn, in an introductory essay, relates the nineteenth-century novel to that of the eighteenth century and Mr. Steinmann, in the concluding essay, discusses the nineteenth-century novel in relation to that of the present century.

The contributors, in addition to the two editors of the volume, and the novelists they discuss are the following: Charles Murrah, Jane Austen; Alan D Mckillop, Jane Austen; David Dasches, Walter Scott; Curtis Dahl, Edward Bulwer-Lytton; J. Y T. Greig, William Makepeace Thackeray; Douglas Bush, Charles Dickens; George H. Ford, Dickens; Melvin R. Watson, the Brontes; Robert B. Heilman, Charlotte Bronte; Yvonne ffrench, Elizabeth Gaskell; Bradford A. Booth, Anthony Trollope; Aruthur Mizener, Anthony Trollope; Gordon S. Haight, George Eliot; Sumner J. Ferris, George Eliot; Wayne Burns, Charles Reade; Fabian Gudas, George Meredith; John Holloway, Thomas Hardy; Jacob Korg, Geroge Gissing; William Van O’Connor, Samuel Burlter; W. Y. Tindall, Joseph Conrad. Although each essay is focused on a single novel or on one aspect of the novelist, all of them are written to give the reader sense of the novelist’s whole achievement.

Robert C. Rathburn and Martin Steinmann, Jr. were professors of English at the University of Minnesota.

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