Review 19: An Online Review of New Books on English and American Literature of the 19th Century
 

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Christopher Taylor
EMPIRE OF NEGLECT: THE WEST INDIES IN THE WAKE OF BRITISH LIBERALISM
(Duke, 2018) xi+307 pp.
Reviewed by Martha Schoolman on 2019-08-27.

This is a brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed study of British West Indian writing between approximately 1776 (the year that The Wealth of Nations was published among other world-historical occurrences) and 1860. The study's key archival "attunement," to use one of the author's favored terms, is to the various ways that West Indian Anglophone writers rejected the liberal market...
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Ian Haywood, Susan Matthews, and Mary L. Shannon, eds.
ROMANTICISM AND ILLUSTRATION
(Cambridge, 2019) xv + 325 pp.
Reviewed by Grant Scott on 2019-08-23.

By rights, the present collection of essays should be dedicated to Thomas Stothard, the patron saint of book illustration, and feature his portrait as its frontispiece. After all, his name appears on practically every page. Though little known today, Stothard was the most prolific and versatile illustrator of his time, executing over 5,000 designs and playing a part in many of the most important...
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Linda Freedman
WILLIAM BLAKE AND THE MYTH OF AMERICA: FROM THE ABOLITIONISTS TO THE COUNTERCULTURE
(Oxford, 2019) xiv + 273 pp.
Reviewed by Andrew Lincoln on 2019-08-15.

Linda Freedman's wide-ranging and consistently illuminating book is an important contribution to the burgeoning field of Blake reception studies. Ranging from early American re-printings of Blake poems in the 1830s and 1840s to the political activism of Paul Chan in the twenty-first century, Freedman examines religious writers, countercultural poets, musicians, novelists, and film-makers. To encompass...
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Trenton B. Olsen
WORDSWORTH AND EVOLUTION IN VICTORIAN LITERATURE: ENTANGLED INFLUENCE
(Routledge, 2019) xii + 182 pp.
Reviewed by Robert M. Ryan on 2019-07-29.

Except in college catalogues, the dividing line between the Romantic and Victorian periods of English literature appears to be fading. The date of Queen Victoria's accession to the throne--1837--seems increasingly less useful for understanding the literary history of the nineteenth century. Wordsworth, for example, went on writing poetry for 13 years after Victoria's coronation and his prestige and...
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Justin A. Sider
PARTING WORDS: VICTORIAN POETRY AND PUBLIC ADDRESS
(Virginia, 2018) xi + 263 pp.
Reviewed by Veronica Alfano on 2019-07-27.

Victorian poets often find themselves bidding adieu. "For my part," says Thomas Hardy, "if there is any way of getting a melancholy satisfaction out of life it lies in dying, so to speak, before one is out of the flesh; by which I mean putting on the manners of ghosts [...] To think of life as passing away is a sadness; to think of it as past is at least tolerable" (The Early Life of Thomas Hardy...
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