Library of Fiction, Family Story-Teller, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Charles Whitehead, Charles Dickens, Chapman and Hall
In Summer of 2021, the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at the Harold B. Lee Library acquired volumes one and two of a collection of short stories called The Library of Fiction, or Family Story-teller. The first volume of this collection, originally released in monthly installments published by Chapman and Hall beginning in April of 1836, contains 42 pieces of literature written by a number of Victorian authors. Some of these authors (like Mary Russell Mitford, Edward Mayhew, G. P. R. James, and W. H. Wills) were popular in their time but have been largely forgotten. This is not the case for the collection’s most famous contributor: Charles Dickens. Dickens contributed two of his newly published Sketches by Boz to The Library of Fiction, ensuring the survival of a volume that might otherwise hold little value to anyone other than Victorian literary critics.
In Fall of 2021, the students enrolled in ENGL 340 (Introduction to Book History) at Brigham Young University created a critical edition of the first volume of The Library of Fiction. This critical edition examines the content, publication history, reception, and bibliographic format of the volume and analyzes ten of the individual stories. Full bibliographic information is included, as is an appendix tracking the pre-circulation and re-circulation of several of the stories.
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Andreadakis, Payton Marie; Bishop, Joslyn Cristine; Eliason, Catherine Ava; Fuller, Marissa Nicole; Hochstrasser, Ariel Renae; Jones, Jeanie Hope; Kunzler, Elyse Christine; Lamb, Anna Sophia; Olsen, Rebekah; and Schenk, Addison Paige, "The Library of Fiction: A Critical Edition of Volume One (1836)" (2022). Student Works. 327.
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