A Companion to the Victorian Novel (Blackwell Companions to by Patrick Brantlinger, William Thesing

By Patrick Brantlinger, William Thesing

The better half to the Victorian Novel offers contextual and demanding information regarding the total diversity of British fiction released among 1837 and 1901.

  • Provides contextual and important information regarding the total diversity of British fiction released throughout the Victorian period.
  • Explains matters similar to Victorian religions, category constitution, and Darwinism to people who are surprising with them.
  • Comprises unique, obtainable chapters written by way of well known and rising students within the box of Victorian studies.
  • Ideal for college students and researchers looking up to the moment insurance of contexts and tendencies, or as a kick off point for a survey course.

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Henry Wood’s case demonstrates, women as well as men could find fortune and fame as novelists in the Victorian period. Though the number of women able to achieve success may have declined as the century progressed, writing fiction remained the nineteenth-century woman’s surest route into the literary profession. Thus, of the nineteenth-century women writers listed in the Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, one-third are described as “novelists” and 50 percent as “children’s writers”; only 14 percent are labeled “poets” and a mere 3 percent specialists in such fields as philosophy, history, or economics.

The fact that the latter closely resemble our own views of business and art, literary and economic value, popularity and artistry, makes it very tempting for us to see them as somehow true or noble in a way that Corelli’s are not. But both visions are no more and no less than visions – two of the many conceptualizations of the literary marketplace that struggled for dominance in the late Victorian period. While that struggle produced literary masterpieces such as New Grub Street and Jude the Obscure, equally masterly novels such as David Copperfield and Middlemarch were instead the products of a publishing world organized around a quite Corelli-like vision of the business of fiction.

32 Jonathan Rose British paper production amounted to 11,347 tons in 1800, nearly 40,000 tons in 1837, 100,000 tons in 1861, and nearly 700,000 tons in 1901. That expansion was made possible by technological innovations, notably the Fourdrinier papermaking machine, introduced early in the century. Esparto (by midcentury) and wood pulp (around 1880) afforded cheaper substitutes for rags, and the paper duty ended in 1861. By 1895 the Glasgow Herald was paying only 11/4d. for a pound of paper, down from 81/2d.

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