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Wright American Fiction

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The Wright American Fiction (1851-1875) online collection attempts to include every novel published in the United States from 1851 to 1875. It includes works by well known writers such as Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, along with a great many forgotten authors, whose works may have been very popular in their own time. 

Contains leads to a collection of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography American Fiction, 1851- 1875. It will eventually include full-text access to a total of 2,923 titles in adult fiction, including novels, novelettes, romances, short stories, tall tales, tract-like tales, allegories, and fictitious biographies and travels. There are currently 2,887 volumes included (2,463 unedited, 424 fully edited and encoded) by 1,387 authors.

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Wright American Fiction, 1851-1875 
Held at Library Annex Microform Area: Microfilm PZ1 .A4 

Titles included in this database are also held in microfilm at the UB Library Annex. Search the WorldCat database by individual titles, to obtain the Reel and item number for the work of fiction needed.

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