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American Periodical Reviews, 1850-1859


The spreadsheet lists 103 reviews of The Wide, Wide World, published in various American periodicals from 1850-1859, and encodes the reviews by type and stance.

Research Method

Using Proquest’s American Periodicals database, I searched the phrase “wide wide world,” with the additional limiting dates of 1850-1859. I went through the 368 results, year by year, and collected reviews of Warner’s novel. I did not download reviews of other novels by Susan Warner unless the reviewers mentioned The Wide, Wide World for the sake of literary comparison (e.g., better or worse than Warner’s first novel) or when they touched on the quality of her authorship in a general sense. I ignored advertisements and lists of announcements. Essentially, if there were any sorts of value judgments about The Wide, Wide World or the quality of Warner’s writing, then I included the reviews (no matter how brief). The data set is iimited by the fact that it only documents reviews found in periodicals contained within American Periodicals.

The Southern Literary Messenger,
April 1854

Reviewer discusses the growth of literature for "juveniles" and its generic potential; praises Warner's contributions to the field

Subjects: Literary Field, Postive Stance

Identifier: rev60

The North American Review,
January 1853

Reviewer investigates the current state of the novel as compared with its eighteenth-century forebears; considers contemporary tendencies toward moral argumentation; expresses mixed feelings about the genre's evolution; discusses The Wide, Wide World, Queechy, and Dollars and Cents as positive examples of a new class of American novel, "having a character of their own--humane, religious, piquant, natural, national"

Subjects: Literary Field, Mixed Stance

Identifier: rev33

The Independent,
May 6, 1852

Reviewer of Warner's Queechy discusses the fame of its author and the literary success of The Wide, Wide World

Subjects: Authorship/Celebrity, Postive Stance

Identifier: rev18

The National Era,
October 16, 1851

Reviewer praises The Wide, Wide World for its verisimilitude and its heroine's religious journey; appreciates the novel's ending

Subjects: Dedicated Review, Postive Stance

Identifier: rev11

Godey's Lady's Book,
September 1851

Reviewer appreciates The Wide, Wide World, especially as a book for children; mistakenly exposes the novel's Scottish authorship ("appears as an American book, but it is utterly deficient in American spirit")

Subjects: Dedicated Review, Mixed Stance

Identifier: rev10

Zion's Herald and Wesleyan Journal,
August 27, 1851

Reviewer admires the novel's exemplary religious lessons; recommends the book to Christian families

Subjects: Dedicated Review, Postive Stance

Identifier: rev08

The Dollar Magazine,
March 01, 1851

Reviewer acknowledges the book's good intentions; points negatively to its overt didacticism; makes fun of the author's overreliance on tears

Subjects: Dedicated Review, Mixed Stance

Identifier: rev04

The Literary World,
December 28, 1850

Reviewer compliments The Wide, Wide World for standing out among the "now common class of religious novels"; offers an excerpt illustrating the novel's "agreeable style"; concludes with a complaint about the author's "diffuseness" (novel mistakenly attributed to "Emily" Wetherell)

Subjects: Dedicated Review, Mixed Stance

Identifier: rev01

Full Cover of the [1907] Grosset & Dunlap Reprint


Subjects: Full Cover

Identifier: 49CIA_1