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This is a brief discussion of Douglas Jerrold and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Jerrold.
This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Jerrold: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)
I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Jerrold tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Jerrold worthy; in sum, to help you rank Douglas Jerrold (and the works by Jerrold listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.
This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.
A Few Words About Douglas Jerrold
Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed
farther down this page.
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Other Douglas Jerrold Resources
Douglas Jerrold Resources on the Web
For a writer held in his day to be a peer of Dickens and Thackery, Jerrold has little fame today and correspondingly little available about him on the web. Of the few resource pages, the
most utile include The nearly man (a helpful review of
a Michael Slater's biography of Jerrold, detailed farther below) and "Douglas Jerrold, the man" on Yvonne Jerrold's web site (which also holds this Jerrold biography). There is also another, shorter
Jerrold bio page extant.
For what it's worth (which is much good humor), the web is littered with pages of quotations from Jerrold, which makes sense: the bon mot was his stock in trade. For those, Google Is Your Friend.
Douglas Jerrold Resources in Print
There are at least a few (several nearly contemporaneous):
Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Douglas Jerrold *
(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)
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