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A Companion to the Victorian Novel

"The better half to the Victorian Novel" presents contextual and significant information regarding the total variety of British fiction released among 1837 and 1901. presents contextual and important information regarding the whole diversity of British fiction released in the course of the Victorian interval. Explains concerns corresponding to Victorian religions, classification constitution, and Darwinism to people who are surprising with them. contains unique, available chapters written by means of well known and rising students within the box of Victorian reports. perfect for college students and researchers looking up to the moment assurance of contexts and tendencies, or as a kick off point for a survey direction.

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For clubs of various kinds played a vital role in the publishing world. At one end of the spectrum were formal, exclusive, and expensive clubs. These included clubs composed largely of “men of letters” – the Athenaeum (founded in 1824 by, among others, Walter Scott), the Literary Union Club (founded in 1831 and later transformed into the Clarence), and the Garrick (1831) – and clubs organized on more general, often political, lines. Thackeray, for example, frequented the Garrick and Reform clubs, introducing publisher George Smith into the latter, while Harrison Ainsworth ensured Bentley’s election to the Conservative (Sutherland 1976: 85).

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. 18 Kelly J. Mays These new or revived publishing formats reinforced rather than undercut the threevolume system. For serialization in parts or in a magazine was almost always followed up by publication of the three-volume “library” edition and in due course by various one-volume “cheap” editions, each format reaching a distinct group of readers.

While at least some middle-class women overcame the odds, working-class people were almost wholly excluded. 1% into the working class” (1962: 394). * As we have seen, the early and mid-Victorian novel was the product of a sense of community and of shared interests and ideals among publishers, circulating librarians, booksellers, authors, and readers. That sense was guaranteed both by similarities in background and experience and by widespread acceptance of certain ideas about fiction and life. Not least among these was a remarkable degree of faith in the virtues of entrepreneurial capitalism and free trade, particularly in creating a (theoretically) 22 Kelly J.

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