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Faculty Book: Anne Humpherys

Anne Humpherys and Louis James, eds.

G.W.M. Reynolds: Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Politics, and the Press
(Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008)

G. W. M. Reynolds (1814–79), a prolific novelist and an influential journalist and editor, was a man of contradictions in both his life and writing: a middle-class figure who devoted his life to working class issue; the founder of the radical newspaper Reynolds Weekly, as well as a bestselling author of historical romances, gothic and sensation novels, oriental tales, and domestic fiction; a perennial bankrupt who nevertheless ended his life prosperously. A figure of such diversity requires a collaborative study. Bringing together a distinguished group of scholars, this volume does justice to the full range of Reynolds's achievement and influence. With proper emphasis on new work in the field, the contributors take on Reynolds's involvement with Chartism, serial publication, the mass market periodical, commodity culture, and the introduction of French literature into British consciousness, to name just a few of the topics covered. Anne Humpherys is a professor of English at Lehman College and the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: AUG 14, 2008

Category: English | Faculty Books