The literary and historical index to American magazines, 1800-1850 /

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Author / Creator:Wells, Daniel A., 1943-
Imprint:Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2004.
Description:xxi, 506 p. ; 24 cm.
Series:Bibliographies and indexes in American literature, 0742-6860 ; no. 32
Subject:American literature -- 19th century -- Indexes.
American periodicals -- Indexes.
American literature.
American periodicals.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:Wells, Jonathan Daniel, 1969-
ISBN:0313310661 (alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Review by Choice Review

Compiler of two earlier indexes to 19th-century American magazines (The Literary Index to American Magazines, 1815-1865, 1980; and 1850-1900, 1996, CH, Jan'97, 34-2540), Daniel Wells and his cocompiler have revised the 1980 title, increasing its scope and adding 58 titles, bringing the total to 83. Wells has expanded coverage to include historical issues and figures, and has added numerous notes to help readers find their way through heavily posted entries. Alphabetically arranged entries begin by naming the literary or historical figure (e.g., Poe, Franklin, Henry Clay) or historical issue (e.g., "Slavery and the Black Experience in America"). Next are a list of articles offering general commentary and the titles of books by the figure or about the issue. Finally, articles, poems, or stories by the historical figure are listed. Each section cites journal articles arranged alphabetically by abbreviation (listed at the front), volume number, and inclusive pagination. In some cases, brief explanatory text is included (e.g., "answers criticism," "career assessment of"). Titles are given only for articles, poems, and stories; dates occur only in the periodicals list. There is no index. This useful work opens early American periodicals to scholarly research. Since all the 1980 titles have been reindexed, libraries can discard the oldest volume. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Academic library collections. R. Balay formerly, Choice

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