Friday 15 August 2008

New Books on our List

Since we started the list of Books on the Psychology of Fiction (click here to see it), I have been adding five or six books a month. Initally we had 61 books with micro-reviews. Now we are up to 80, plus 25 edited collections of articles for which we have given full citations but no reviews. David Miall's site, which you can reach by clicking here, has a very full bibliography of articles and books on readers' responses to literature.

The two latest additions to our list of books-with-micro-reviews are slim volumes. One is Alan Bennett's (2007) delightful fantasy The uncommon reader, about how Queen Elizabeth II comes, at a late stage in her life, to fall so much in love with reading that this pursuit usurps (if that is the right verb) all her other interests and commitments. The other is How fiction works, by James Wood (2008) an influential critic who has written for The Guardian, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, etc. His book has been reviewed at length by Rohan Maitzen, whose site you can reach by clicking here.

If you know of, or have written, books to add to our list, please let us know by adding a comment.

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