My post-holiday slump has lifted, thanks to some lovely review copies that have piqued my interest.
William and Dorothy Wordsworth: ‘All in Each Other’ by Lucy Newlyn is a beautifully produced book examining Wordsworth’s 50-year creative collaboration with his sister. This is the first study to give Dorothy equal billing with her more famous brother, exploring the symbiotic nature of their creative processes through close reading of journals, letters, and poems. OUP books are always impeccably researched, as well as gorgeous artefacts, so I’m very much looking forward to reading this during the autumn evenings.
Mrs Grundy’s Enemies: Censorship, Realist Fiction and the Politics of Sexual Representation by Anthony Patterson is the first book-length study of literary censorship in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods. Having researched how Florence Marryat and Rhoda Broughton were required to substantially revise their radical novels before they could be published, I’m fascinated by Patterson’s examination of realist writers such as Zola and George Moore, who were still facing the same problems three decades later, and fought valiantly to defeat the forces that sought to constrain them.
George Gissing and the Woman Question: Convention and Dissent, edited by Christine Huguet and Simon James, is a very welcome collection of essays on my favourite Grumpychops and his approach to gender and sexuality in his writing. His work is considered alongside a range of comparator authors, including Ella Hepworth Dixon, May Sinclair, and Theodore Dreiser, showing him to be an uncompromising chronicler of social change. The contributors include David Grylls, Tara MacDonald, Emma Liggins, and Debbie Harrison.
Now I just need to find some space on my bulging shelves for these new additions.