Study Guides for Contemporary British Literature, ca. 1921

Sat May 30, 2009

Specialists may recognize John Matthews Manly’s and Edith Rickert’s Contemporary British Literature: Bibliographies and Study Guides from Harcourt Brace, 1921. It refers to Joyce as a defrocked priest, for example, and sees fit to mention about Woolf only the apparently inexplicable fact that she is the daughter of Leslie Stephen. In spite of this, I found the most amusing entry to be devoted to Ralph Hodgson:

Born in Yorkshire, 1872.

[…] Is a leading authority in England on bull terriers. His favorite poet is Shelley.


  1. Note that the extreme thinness of his work gives opportunity to study it from every angle and to decide why it has made him a name. […]