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The Romantic period in Britain was dominated by brilliant poets like Robert Burns and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. During this period, there were also great philosophers, talented artists, and original thinkers who did not receive the same attention though their ideas were just as influential. What makes this encyclopedia such a well-rounded guide to the consciousness of Britain during the late 1700s and early 1800s is the inclusion of these lesser-known artists and philosophers along with the era's more celebrated poets. This work provides a synopsis of larger works, defines popular concepts and abstract ideas such as the ``Byronic hero,'' and offers a Works Consulted list at the end of each entry, making access to further information quick and easy. Essential to any academic library's reference collection, this encyclopedia will be coveted by students and professors alike.-- Jacqueline Garlesky, Cambria Cty. Lib., Johnstown, Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This encyclopedia covers writers of the English Romantic period and major events or ideas that influenced them. The criteria for inclusion appear subjective: entries exist for Thomas Poole and Benjamin Robert Hayley but not for Charles Lloyd, John Thelwall, and Dr. James Gillman. The amount of space given to a particular writer is also curious eight pages for Blake, five for Shelley, four for Dorothy Wordsworth, and three-plus for Byron. The writing at times is quite good, but on too many other occasions it is superficial, clipped, and stylistically graceless. See-references occur in the index but not in the text proper, hence an essay on "associationism" but not on David Hartley. This book is most useful for the essays devoted to historical events and concepts, and for the brief bibliographies. Given the price and the general superficiality of the content, however, it can only be marginally recommended. S. Stebelman; George Washington University