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  • Hardcover: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 7 edition (24 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192806874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192806871
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 6.1 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a sympathetic study of an important part of recent social history. (Contemporary Review)

Continues to stand out as distinctive, authoritative, and a work of excellence' (Reference Reviews)

Increasing user-friendliness and a nice "up to date" feel (Reference Reviews)

Sumptuous volume. (Ferdinand Mount, Standpoint)

Detailed, clear and lively accounts. (Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman)

A classic now made contemporary, this really is a boon companion. (Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman)

Birch and the contributors have done an excellent job. (Sameer Rahim, Daily Telegraph)

Excellence is in the details. (Times Literary Supplement, Henry Hitchings)

This is a scrupulously produced, smartly laid-out, academically serious and at the same time relishably browsable book. (Henry Hitchings, The Times Literary Supplement)

It offers companionable assistance; it's your pal in literary need. (John Sutherland, Sunday Times)

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Dinah Birch is Professor of English Literature at Liverpool University. She was previously a fellow at Trinity College, Oxford. Her works on 19th-century literature include a number of books and articles on the critic John Ruskin. She writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and London Review of Books, and contributes to arts programmes on radio and television.

Margaret Drabble (editor of the 5th and 6th editions) is a distinguished novelist and biographer. Her many novels include Jerusalem the Golden, The Needle's Eye, The Seven Sisters, and The Sea Lady. She has also written biographies of Arnold Bennett and Angus Wilson.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. R. H. Murray on 4 Aug. 2012
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A great read, stuffed with fine pieces and quotations. Best understood if read alongside Fuinnegan's'Why do we quote?' and the Oxforf Dictionary of Quotations
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ianmac on 13 Jun. 2013
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If you are an avid reader, you will find this an invaluable guide to English and European literature. Once opened, you keep finding another fascinating entry!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. BOYD on 28 Oct. 2011
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This is a very accessible and informative book for any student or reader of Eng. Lit. The perfect school prize!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mair on 3 Dec. 2012
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I was more surprised by the omissions than the inclusions, some of the greatest genre writers are missing from this and it is heavy biased towards a male view of literary fictions
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John D. Foley on 17 Aug. 2010
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I've had a previous version of this excellent book for quite some time and have always found it most useful in all sorts of ways. I've now bought the latest edition for my grand-daughter who is presently studying an open university degree course and I am sure that she will find it useful too.
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By Jessica hewitt on 5 Nov. 2014
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Great and packed very well.
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