By Patrick Brantlinger, William Thesing

The spouse to the Victorian Novel presents contextual and important information regarding the whole diversity of British fiction released among 1837 and 1901.

  • Provides contextual and significant information regarding the whole diversity of British fiction released throughout the Victorian interval.
  • Explains matters comparable to Victorian religions, category constitution, and Darwinism to people who are strange with them.
  • Comprises unique, available chapters written by means of popular and rising students within the box of Victorian reviews.
  • Ideal for college kids and researchers looking up to date assurance of contexts and traits, or as a place to begin for a survey course.

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This hostility toward “the reading multitude” also expressed itself in rebellion against the traditional rules governing fictional propriety and in a conviction that the novelist who followed such rules, like the novelist who wrote for money, would inevitably – as Hardy wrote – “belie his literary conscience” (1967: 130). That Gosse described the ideal audience as a male public was no accident. ” Such, for example, were the claims made on behalf of the Rabelais Club, founded in 1880 by Besant and drawing to its fold Hardy, Meredith, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

To 4s. per novel). The second type of series, usually called “libraries,” reprinted the works of several different authors. The earliest successful venture of this kind was Bentley’s “Standard Novels,” launched in 1831, and in the 1840s such series proliferated in ever-cheapening forms: in 1847, Bentley reduced his “Standard Novels” from 6s. to 5s. per volume and in 1849 to 3s. 6d. or even 2s. ; in 1852 he supplemented that series with a new shilling-a-volume “Railway Library” designed to compete with the phenomenally successful series of the same name launched in 1848 by Routledge, a newcomer in the field of publishing.

But at that point most working-class homes still lacked gas lighting, relying instead on candles and rushlights. Even in 1901, more middle-class homes were lit by kerosene lamps than electricity. Readers were also hampered by the paucity of libraries. A succession of parliamentary measures, starting with the Public Libraries Act of 1850, allowed towns to levy rates to support museums and libraries. But many localities were slow to exercise this option; opponents warned that free libraries would be a tax burden and a haven for layabouts.

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