A Companion to the Victorian Novel

"The significant other to the Victorian Novel" offers contextual and demanding information regarding the complete diversity of British fiction released among 1837 and 1901. presents contextual and important information regarding the total variety of British fiction released throughout the Victorian interval. Explains concerns reminiscent of Victorian religions, type constitution, and Darwinism to people who are surprising with them. contains unique, obtainable chapters written via popular and rising students within the box of Victorian reports. perfect for college students and researchers looking up to date assurance of contexts and developments, or as a kick off point for a survey path.

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We might as well put up the shutters to-morrow” (Waugh 1930: 102). Such competition required publishers to devote ever-larger sums to devising evermore splashy types of publicity and encouraged authors to promote themselves by granting interviews and getting into the gossip columns. Novelists were thus led to become avid participants in a cult of celebrity that was encouraged by, and itself encouraged, the illustrated magazines; periodicals devoted specifically to literary news and gossip, including the Bookman (founded 1891) and The Times’s Literature (1897); books such as The Art of Authorship (1890) and Homes and Haunts of Famous Authors (1906); and bestselling novels about novelists and the publishing world, such as Besant’s All in a Garden Fair (1883), Rudyard Kipling’s The Light that Failed (1890), Gissing’s New Grub Street (1891), and Marie Corelli’s The Sorrows of Satan (1895).

Such competition required publishers to devote ever-larger sums to devising evermore splashy types of publicity and encouraged authors to promote themselves by granting interviews and getting into the gossip columns. Novelists were thus led to become avid participants in a cult of celebrity that was encouraged by, and itself encouraged, the illustrated magazines; periodicals devoted specifically to literary news and gossip, including the Bookman (founded 1891) and The Times’s Literature (1897); books such as The Art of Authorship (1890) and Homes and Haunts of Famous Authors (1906); and bestselling novels about novelists and the publishing world, such as Besant’s All in a Garden Fair (1883), Rudyard Kipling’s The Light that Failed (1890), Gissing’s New Grub Street (1891), and Marie Corelli’s The Sorrows of Satan (1895).

Magazine serialization of new fiction began in the 1830s, and by the 1840s serials were a common feature of half-crown monthlies, but the real take-off of this format came in the 1850s and 1860s with the founding of weekly magazines such as Dickens’s Household Words (1850–9) and All the Year Round (est. 1859), and of monthlies such as Macmillan’s (est. 1859) and Smith, Elder’s prestigious Cornhill (1860–1975), first edited by Thackeray. Designed for family reading, such magazines offered one or two illustrated serials by the best-known authors, plus a wealth of other material, for the same 1s.

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