From Library Journal
As few readily available encyclopedias deal specifically with women writers of a single geographical local, this thoroughly revised edition of a 1988 publication fills a void. Encompassing over 600 entries, it provides reader and researcher alike with a comprehensive guide to women writers of British origin and those who have become associated with Britain or the Commonwealth. Current through 1997, the carefully researched entries, often written by experts in the field, provide all known biographical information?where possible gleaned directly from the author profiled?as well as a scholarly assessment, a chronological listing of the author's work, and a bibliography of notable scholarship. The entries are well constructed and informative, and great attention was paid to the cross-referencing; the approach followed is sensible. Recommended for public and academic libraries.?Karen E. Sadowski, Norwood, MA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This is an enlarged edition of An Encyclopedia of British Women Writers
published by Garland in 1988. The number of entries has been increased by half again as much (from 400 to 600), and many, if not all, of the original articles have been revised or reworked. Although most of the entries are for British women writers from the eighteenth century to the present, an effort was made to include women writers of the medieval and Renaissance periods as well. The preface addresses the question of who is to be considered "British," for place of birth is not the only criterion. Those born elsewhere but residing in Great Britain for a considerable amount of time, those born in other countries of the British Commonwealth who emigrated to Great Britain, and those born in Great Britain who eventually emigrated to the U.S. are all included.
The alphabetically arranged, signed articles range in length from a few paragraphs to a few pages. Dates and places of birth and death and names of parents and husbands and other names under which the subject wrote are provided at the beginning of each entry. The articles offer both biographical detail and critical appraisal. Each entry ends with a list of sources for further information (reference works, books, and sometimes articles). The cross-referencing is very thorough, an important consideration because many women writers wrote under pseudonyms, titles, or married names. These references are found in the main part of the text and also in the index.
Other helpful features are a list of abbreviations used in citing reference works and one of abbreviations used in citing periodicals. Coverage is wide and represents familiar and unfamiliar figures of literary accomplishment. Here you will find not only Sylvia Plath and Beatrix Potter but Margaret Paston (1423^-1482) and Violet Paget (1856^-1935) as well. Scribes from Eliza Acton (1799^-1859) to E. H. Young (1880^-1949) are well served by this solid reference work. Reference collections in literature and women's studies alike will find this to be a great resource, especially for those embarking on studies of particular writers not usually represented in standard literary biographical sources. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.
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