Lives of the Novelists : A History of Fiction in 294 Lives

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  • Author(s): Sutherland, John
  • Publication Information:
    New Haven, [Conn.] : Yale University Press. 2012
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      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      No previous author has attempted a book such as this: a complete history of novels written in the English language, from the genre's seventeenth-century origins to the present day. In the spirit of Dr. Johnson's Lives of the Poets, acclaimed critic and scholar John Sutherland selects 294 writers whose works illustrate the best of every kind of fiction—from gothic, penny dreadful, and pornography to fantasy, romance, and high literature. Each author was chosen, Professor Sutherland explains, because his or her books are well worth reading and are likely to remain so for at least another century. Sutherland presents these authors in chronological order, in each case deftly combining a lively and informative biographical sketch with an opinionated assessment of the writer's work. Taken together, these novelists provide both a history of the novel and a guide to its rich variety. Always entertaining, and sometimes shocking, Sutherland considers writers as diverse as Daniel Defoe, Henry James, James Joyce, Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Woolf, Michael Crichton, Jeffrey Archer, and Jacqueline Susann. Written for all lovers of fiction, Lives of the Novelists succeeds both as introduction and re-introduction, as Sutherland presents favorite and familiar novelists in new ways and transforms the less favored and less familiar through his relentlessly fascinating readings.
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9780300179477. 9780300182439.
    • Accession Number:
      784954182
    • Accession Number:
      444311
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      SUTHERLAND, J. Lives of the Novelists : A History of Fiction in 294 Lives. New Haven, [Conn.]: Yale University Press, 2012. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 19 out. 2019.
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      Sutherland J. Lives of the Novelists : A History of Fiction in 294 Lives. New Haven, [Conn.]: Yale University Press; 2012. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=444311&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886. Accessed October 19, 2019.
    • APA:
      Sutherland, J. (2012). Lives of the Novelists : A History of Fiction in 294 Lives. New Haven, [Conn.]: Yale University Press. Retrieved from http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=444311&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886
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      Sutherland, John. 2012. Lives of the Novelists : A History of Fiction in 294 Lives. New Haven, [Conn.]: Yale University Press. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=444311&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886.
    • Harvard:
      Sutherland, J. (2012) Lives of the Novelists : A History of Fiction in 294 Lives. New Haven, [Conn.]: Yale University Press. Available at: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=444311&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886 (Accessed: 19 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Sutherland, J 2012, Lives of the Novelists : A History of Fiction in 294 Lives, Yale University Press, New Haven, [Conn.], viewed 19 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Sutherland, John. Lives of the Novelists : A History of Fiction in 294 Lives. Yale University Press, 2012. EBSCOhost, widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=444311&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Sutherland, John. Lives of the Novelists : A History of Fiction in 294 Lives. New Haven, [Conn.]: Yale University Press, 2012. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=444311&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Sutherland J. Lives of the Novelists : A History of Fiction in 294 Lives [Internet]. New Haven, [Conn.]: Yale University Press; 2012 [cited 2019 Oct 19]. Available from: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=444311&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2012 April #2

Presented as an "idiosyncratic history of fiction in English," this covers novels from the seventeenth century to the present day. Sutherland, a well-known critic and professor of modern English literature at University College–London, has selected 294 authors representing a broad range of fiction genres and cheerfully declares that, in so doing, he has deliberately omitted many worthy writers in order to include often overlooked names that have had a lasting impact and who have frequently led lives as interesting as those of their characters. Writers as diverse as V. C. Andrews, Louis L'Amour, J. M. Barrie, and Stephen King appear along with more conventional selections, such as James Joyce, William Faulkner, and Mark Twain. Written in an engaging manner with clear language, entries range in length from one to five pages and are appended with the author's full name, a must-read text, and a go-to biographical reference for readers. Articles are arranged in chronological order by birth year, opening with John Bunyan (b. 1628), and concluding with Rana Dasgupta (b. 1971). Some authors are presented in groupings of two or three; the Brontë siblings are covered in one entry, while F. Scott Fitzgerald appears twice, with Zelda Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. A comprehensive index of persons named is included. Recommended for students and general audiences—fiction fans will appreciate seeing this in the circulating stacks. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.