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November 2015 Vol. 53 No. 3

Ohio University Press/Swallow Press

The following review appeared in the November 2015 issue of CHOICE. The review is for your internal use only. Please review our Permission and Reprints Guidelines or email

Language & Literature - English & American

2015-1037 CIP
Harris, Katherine D. Forget me not: the rise of the British literary annual, 1823-1835. Ohio University, 2015. 395p bibl index afp ISBN 9780821421369, $70.00.

A good companion to Lorraine Janzen Kooistra’s Poetry, Pictures, and Popular Publishing: The Illustrated Gift Book and Victorian Visual Culture, 1855-1875 (CH, Jan'12, 49-2448), the present title explores an often-neglected cultural artifact, the 19th-century British literary annual.  Harris (San José State Univ.) analyzes the evolution of the literary annual, Continental influences, parodies, illustrations, relations between editors and reviewers, the "poetess tradition," and the origins of the Gothic short story.  Carefully researched and well documented, the volume will be a boon to those interested in Romantic and Victorian literature, history, and culture, and of particular appeal to those interested in Romantic and Victorian women poets.  The four useful appendixes provide a chronological list of titles of British and American literary annuals; a list of prominent contributors to British annuals; the names of editors and publishers; and the full text of some of the writing discussed.  The book suggests many topics for future research.

--J. D. Vann, emeritus, University of North Texas

Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.