Bibliography of Materials on British and American Literature

For those of you who want to do more research on late nineteenth and early twentieth century literature and society, I recommend beginning with the following works. We actually own most of these (no, really!), and I can vouch for all of them as being authoritative and reasonably readable. Those works we don't own can usually be ordered from nearby libraries.

British Literature and Society

Altick, Richard D. The English Common Reader: A Social History of the Mass Reading Public, 1800-1900. 1957. Z326.A468

Victorian People and Ideas: A Companion for the Modern Reader of Victorian Literature. 1973. DA533.A468 1973

Baugh, Albert C., ed. A Literary History of England. 2nd ed. 1967. PR83.B348 1967a

Beckson, Karl. London in the 1890's: A Cultural History. New York: W. W. Norton, 1992.

Cevasco, G. A., ed. The 1890s: An Encyclopedia of British Literature, Art, and Culture. 1993. Ref DA560.A18 1993

Cushing. See American Literature below.

Heyck, T. W. The Transformation of Intellectual Life in Victorian England. 1982. DA533.H615

Hibbert, Christopher. Daily Life in Victorian England. 1975. DA533.H624

Houghton, Walter E. The Victorian Frame of Mind, 1830-1870. 1957. DA533.H838. See American Literature below.

Mason, Michael. The Making of Victorian Sexuality. 1994. HQ18.G7 M411 1994

McCrum, Mark and Matthew Sturgis. 1900 House. NY: Macmillan, 1999.

Miller, J. Hillis. The Disappearance of God: Five Nineteenth-Century Writers. 1975. PR469.R4 M648

Mitchell, Sally. Daily Life in Victorian England. 1996. DA533.M682.1996

Mitchell, Sally, ed. Victorian Britian: An Encyclopedia. 1988. Ref DA550.V645 1988

The Oxford History of England. Ed. George N. Clark. 17 vols. See Vols. 13-14. DA530.W899 and DA560.E59

Ochoa, George and Melinda Corey. The Encyclopedia of the Victorian World: A Reader's Companion to the People, Places, Events and Everyday Life of the Victorian Era. NY: Henry Holt, 1996.

Otis, Laura, ed. Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century: An Anthology. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2002.

Poole, William Frederick. See American Literature below.

Read, Donald. England, 1868-1914: The Age of Urban Democracy. 1979. DA533.R282

Thomson, David. England in the Nineteenth Century, 1815-1914. 1957. DA530.T482

Sussman, Herbert. Victorians and the Machine. 1968. PR468.T4 S964

Vann and VanArsdel, eds. Victorian Periodicals and Victorian Society. 1994. PN5116.V645 1994

Young, G. M. Victorian England: Portrait of an Age. 1977. DA550.Y72


Newsome, David. The Victorian World Picture: Perceptions and Introspections in an Age of Change. 1997. NW Owens

Steven, Marcus. The Other Victorians: A Study of Sexuality and Pornography in Mid-Nineteenth-Century England. 1966. NW Owens

Thompson, F. M. L. The Rise of Respectable Society: A Social History of Victorian Britain, 1830-1900. 1988. NW Owens

American Literature and Society

American Book Publishing Record (ABPR). 1960- . Monthly, with retrospective cumulations. Periodicals

Benton, William. The Annals of America. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 1968. See Vol. 9: 1858-1865:

The Crisis of the Union; Vol. 10: 1866-1883: Reconstruction and Industrialization; Vol. 11: 1884-1894: Agrarianism and Urbanization; Vol. 12: 1895-1904: Populism, Imperialism, and Reform; and Vol. 13: 1905-1915: The Progressive Era. E173.A613

Berthoff, Warner. The Ferment of Realism: American Literature, 1884-1919. 1965. PS214.B542

Blodgett, Geoffrey, et al. Victorian America. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1976.

Crichton, Judy. America 1900: The Turning Point. NY: Henry Holt, 1998.

Cushing, Helen Grant and Adah V. Morris, eds. Nineteenth Century Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, 1890-1899: With Supplementary Indexing, 1900-1922. 2 vols. New York: Wilson, 1944. See also Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature. 1901--. Ref AI3.R286

Elliott, Emory, ed. Columbia Literary History of the United States. 1988. PS92.C726 1988

Hart, James D. Oxford Companion to American Literature. 1983. PS21.H325 1983.

Houghton, Walter E., Esther Rhoades Houghton and Jean Harris Slingerland, ed. Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824-1900. 5 vols. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1966-89.

Inge, M. Thomas, ed. Handbook of American Popular Culture. 2nd ed. 3 vols. 1989. E169.1.H236

Inge, M. Thomas, ed. Handbook of American Popular Literature. 1988. Ref P169.P64 H236 1988

Jensen, Oliver, ed. The Nineties. 1967. E168.N714

Jones, Howard Mumford. The Age of Energy: Varieties of American Experience, 1865-1915. 1971. E169.1.J77 A2

Martin, Jay. Harvests of Change: American Literature, 1865-1914. 1967. PS214.M381

Marx, Leo. The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America. 1964. E169.1.M392

Meeker, Edward. "The Improving Health of the United States, 1850-1915." Explorations in Economic History 9.4 (1972): 353-373.

Parrington, Vernon L. Main Currents in American Thought: An Interpretation of American Literature from the Beginnings to 1920. 3 vols. 1927-30. PS88.P261

Poole, William Frederick et al. Poole's Index to Periodical Literature. 6 vols. 1888-1908. [British and (predominantly) American periodicals.] Ref AI3.P822

Schlereth, Thomas J. Victorian America: Transformations in Everyday Life, 1876-1915. New York: HarperCollins, 1991. E168.S341 1991

Shi, David E. Facing Facts: Realism in American Thought and Culture, 1850-1920. New York: Oxford UP, 1995. E169.1.S555 1995

Sutherland, Daniel E. The Expansion of Everyday Life, 1860-1876. New York: Harper and Row, 1989. E168.S966 1989

Tomes, Nancy J. "American Attitudes toward the Germ Theory of Disease: Phyllis Allen Richmond Revisited." Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 52.1 (1997): 17-50.

Vanderbilt, Kermit. American Literature and the Academy: The Roots, Growth, and Maturity of a Profession. 1986. PS62.V228 1986

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. America: Great Crises in Our History Told by Its Makers.

Chicago: Americanization Department, 1925. See Vol. 8: The Civil War, 1861-1865; Vol. 9: Reconstruction, 1865-1890; and Vol. 10: A New World Power, 1890-1914. E173.A512

Welling, William. Photography in America: The Formative Years, 1839-1900. 1978. TR23.W452

Wertheim, Arthur Frank, ed. American Popular Culture: A Historical Bibliography. 1984. Ref NX503.A1 A512 1984


Falk, Robert. The Victorian Mode in American Fiction, 1865-1885. 1965. NW Owens

Ludwig, Richard M and Clifford A. Nault, Jr., eds. Annals of American Literature, 1602-1983. 1986. NW Owens

McCutcheon, Marc. Everyday Life in the 1800s: A Guide for Writers, Students and Historians. Writer's Digest Books, 2001. NW Owens

Mott, Frank Luther. A History of American Magazines, [1741-1930]. 5 vols. 1930-68. NW Owens