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By Patrick Brantlinger, William Thesing

The spouse to the Victorian Novel offers contextual and significant information regarding the complete 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 concerns equivalent to Victorian religions, type constitution, and Darwinism to those that are surprising with them.
  • Comprises unique, obtainable chapters written via well known and rising students within the box of Victorian reports.
  • Ideal for college students and researchers looking up to the moment insurance of contexts and traits, or as a place to begin for a survey course.

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Each and thus at around 2s. 6d. 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 if Hardy’s is the classic case of an unknown author losing financially by such a bargain, the case of Mrs. Henry Wood demonstrates how a novelist or her heirs could benefit. After her death in 1887, her son arranged with Bentley to produce a cheap edition of her works on commission. The publisher lost £2,700 on the venture; Wood’s heirs realized over £35,845 (Gettmann 1960: 115). As Mrs. Henry Wood’s case demonstrates, women as well as men could find fortune and fame as novelists in the Victorian period.

In 1875, 188 juvenile novels were issued; between 1875 and 1885 an average of 470 were published each year (Keating 1989: 32). However high such figures, they underestimate the total amount of new fiction being produced in the late Victorian period insofar as they ignore the vast quantities appearing in periodicals, which were themselves being produced in ever-greater quantities at ever-cheaper rates. The number of newspapers produced in the British Isles increased from around 1,609 in 1875 to 2,504 by 1914, while between 1875 and 1903 the number of magazines leapt from 643 to 2,531 (Keating 1989: 34).

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