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A descriptive guide to the best fiction, British and American by Ernest Albert Baker (1903)

A descriptive guide to the best fiction, British and American by Ernest Albert Baker (1903 )


The object of this book is to supply a fairly complete list of the best prose fictiorl^in English, including, not all that interests students, but all that the ordinary reader is likely to care about, with as much description of matter and style, for the guidance of readers, as can be condensed into a few lines of print for each book. It does not claim to be a bibliography. This would have involved reference to the actual title-pages of first editions; such bibliographical accuracy is not necessary for a mere guide for readers.



 Long titles are usually abbreviated; sub-titles, when they are descriptive, often appear in the note. The entries are arranged first in main divisions according to nationalities of writers, and then in the chronological order of publication, so far as consists of easy reference. Consequently, this should be a useful work of reference for students of literary history. It may be thought that the recent periods are numerically over-represented as compared with the earlier, even if we have regard to the immensity of the modern "output" of fiction.

No doubt this is so if we pay strict attention to literary merit, but every age naturally most interested in contemporary writers. In a future edition, doubtless, a large proportion of these recent authors will drop out, and their places will be occupied by others quite as ephemeral.

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