The range of authors discussed includes familiar names such as Keller, Storm, Fontane, Stifter, and Gotthelf, and less familiar ones such as Auerbach, Saar, Ida Hahn-Hahn, Riehl, Hauff and von Scheffel. The volume includes essays on theoretical issues dealing with the nature of realism as well as text-based discussion. The essays will be of interest to scholars not only of German literature, but also to those engaged with Realism in general, and to the wider reading public of nineteenth-century fiction. The contributors are Martin Bott, Helen Chambers, Patricia Howe, David Jackson, Edward McInnes, Peter Skrine, Martin Swales and Mark Ward. These papers were delivered at a symposium on German prose realist writing held in Scotland in November 1992.