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Readership: Anyone interested in English Literature, from students to the general reader.
Edited by Dinah Birch, University of Liverpool, and Katy Hooper, University of Liverpool
Dinah Birch is Professor of English Literature, University of Liverpool. She has published widely on nineteenth-century literature, and has edited novels by Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, and Elizabeth Gaskell. Her books include Ruskin's Myths (1988), Ruskin on Turner (1990), and Our Victorian Education (2007).
Katy Hooper is Special Collections Librarian at the University of Liverpool Library and Assistant Editor for The Oxford Companion to English Literature 7/e.
Previous editions of the Concise Oxford Companion to Literature were edited by Margaret Drabble and Jenny Stringer.
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