Dictionary of Literary Biography: British Short Fiction Writers, 1880-1914: The Realist Tradition

  • Series Name: Dictionary of Literary Biography Series
  • Volume 135
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  • ISBN-10: 0810353946
  • ISBN-13: 9780810353947
  • DDC: 920
  • Shipping Weight: 3.05 lbs ( 1.38 kgs)
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  • © 1994 | Published
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The style of the writers who were part of the Realist tradition includes the use of naturalistic or journalistic details to describe grim situations; it also embraces social comedy. These writers sought to expose and reform society's deficiencies and injustices. Their settings are the slums of London's East End and the dark ghettos of the newly industrialized cities of the North. Writers in the Realist tradition often describe with complete candor the baseness of human motives and conduct. Their short stories are often marked by refreshing honesty and vigor, and they are worth reading not only as documents of social history but as expressions of artistic excellence, filled with unforgettable characters and memorable situations.

37 entries include: Arnold Bennett, Ada Nield Chew, Hubert Crackanthorpe, George Gissing, R. B. Cunninghame Graham, Thomas Hardy, Mabel Greenhow Kitcat, Louisa Molesworth, George Moore, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, Netta Syrett, Israel Zangw.

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This award-winning multi-volume series is dedicated to making literature and its creators better understood and more accessible to students and interested readers, while satisfying the standards of librarians, teachers and scholars. DICTIONARY OF LITERARY BIOGRAPHY provides reliable information in an easily comprehensible format, while placing writers in the larger perspective of literary history. DICTIONARY OF LITERARY BIOGRAPHY systematically presents career biographies and criticism of writers from all eras and all genres through volumes dedicated to specific types of literature and time periods.


"Of the usefulness of such a volume, published in a prestigious series, no one who has worked on late Victorian short fiction will have any doubt. The vast majority of the essays ... are both solidly documented and pleasant to read. They most indubitably come up to the high standard one has come to associate with the DLB." -- A&B: Analytical & Enumerative Bibliography (Vol. 10, No. 2, 1999)

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