A Companion to the Victorian Novel

"The better half to the Victorian Novel" offers contextual and important information regarding the total variety of British fiction released among 1837 and 1901. presents contextual and significant information regarding the full diversity of British fiction released throughout the Victorian interval. Explains matters akin to Victorian religions, type constitution, and Darwinism to those that are unexpected with them. contains unique, obtainable chapters written through popular and rising students within the box of Victorian experiences. excellent for college students and researchers looking up to the moment insurance of contexts and tendencies, or as a place to begin for a survey path.

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Stead, with 5,276,000 copies in print. A substantial minority of working men, and a smaller proportion of working women, were taking advantage of cheap reprints to educate themselves in classic literature. Literacy was not an unmixed blessing: as H. G. Wells protested in Tono-Bungay (1909), it gave rise to mass-market advertising, which duped millions into buying worthless patent medicines. But in 1853 printer Charles Manby Smith argued that the London billsticker was teaching the masses how to read, free of charge: His handiwork stares the public in the face; and it is a sheer impossibility for a lad who has once learned the art of reading, to lose it in London, unless he be both wilfully blind and destitute of human curiosity.

As Conan Doyle insisted, Tit-Bits and its many imitators deliberately aimed at the audience created by the 1870 Education Act, readers “who were not sufficiently educated to study the deepest and thickest volumes” (quoted in McDonald 1997: 145). By the close of the 1890s, Tit-Bits enjoyed sales of over a million per week in Britain alone. Third was the increase in newspaper publication of both serials and short fiction made possible by the arrival of syndication – the system whereby a central agency or “fiction bureau” purchased the serial rights to a fictional work which it then sold to provincial newspapers throughout the country.

Symonds, Emily Morse [“George Paston”] (1999), A Writer of Books (Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers). (First publ. ) (First publ. ) Trollope, Anthony (1980), An Autobiography (Oxford: Oxford University Press). (First publ. ) Waugh, Arthur (1930), A Hundred Years of Publishing, Being the Story of Chapman & Hall, Ltd (London: Chapman & Hall). Further Reading Dooley, Allan C. (1992), Author and Printer in Victorian England (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia). Feltes, N. N. (1986), Modes of Production of Victorian Novels (Chicago: University of Chicago Press).

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