Dickens' Fur Coat and Charlotte's Unanswered Letters: The Rows and Romances of England's Great Victorian Novelists (review)

Dickens' Fur Coat and Charlotte's Unanswered Letters: The Rows and Romances of England's Great... tion with Virginia, gradually re- The story of Terry's past connec- While his last book engagingly explicated the cultural allusions in popular Victorian novels, Pool's vealed in the course of the novel, and that of his efforts to find a blood donor for her, are fraught with intrigue and daring coincidence. There's plenty of sex and passion and danger, all of which Nova, something of a romantic, seems to applaud as essential to human fulfillment. There's betrayal and adultery, and all the violence and tragedy that one would expect a Los Angeles ER new work offers gossipy tidbits about Victorian publishing, and about the lives of the authors them- selves. Pool begins with the advent of the "new" Victorian novel, citing Charles Dickens as the founding father whose fiction marked the be- ginning of a new generation of novelists energized by changes in is already well-known: Dickens' dependent relationship and has several serious heart-to-hearts. physician to be witness to. There's also an ex-con/car thief/rapist with whom Terry develops a curious coIf the plot sometimes seems a bit too contrived, and the whole a touch the publishing industry. Much of Pool's "gossip" about the personal lives of nineteenth-century writers http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

Dickens' Fur Coat and Charlotte's Unanswered Letters: The Rows and Romances of England's Great Victorian Novelists (review)

The Missouri Review, Volume 20 (3) – Oct 5, 1997

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tion with Virginia, gradually re- The story of Terry's past connec- While his last book engagingly explicated the cultural allusions in popular Victorian novels, Pool's vealed in the course of the novel, and that of his efforts to find a blood donor for her, are fraught with intrigue and daring coincidence. There's plenty of sex and passion and danger, all of which Nova, something of a romantic, seems to applaud as essential to human fulfillment. There's betrayal and adultery, and all the violence and tragedy that one would expect a Los Angeles ER new work offers gossipy tidbits about Victorian publishing, and about the lives of the authors them- selves. Pool begins with the advent of the "new" Victorian novel, citing Charles Dickens as the founding father whose fiction marked the be- ginning of a new generation of novelists energized by changes in is already well-known: Dickens' dependent relationship and has several serious heart-to-hearts. physician to be witness to. There's also an ex-con/car thief/rapist with whom Terry develops a curious coIf the plot sometimes seems a bit too contrived, and the whole a touch the publishing industry. Much of Pool's "gossip" about the personal lives of nineteenth-century writers

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Published: Oct 5, 1997

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