This new anthology emphasizes Victorian nonfiction prose and verse with a generous, fresh selection of pieces from authors within the canon as well as outside of it.
The vast array of Victorian writing is brought into a sensible order and undergoes suitable editing by Mermin (Cornell U.) and Tucker (U. of Virginia) to produce a superb textbook. The initial five sections introduce the historical and cultural contexts of the time; the remainder of the volume is devoted to the authors. An introduction is provided for each author, followed by a selection from their work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)