By Patrick Brantlinger, William Thesing
The better half to the Victorian Novel offers contextual and important information regarding the full variety of British fiction released among 1837 and 1901.
- Provides contextual and demanding information regarding the whole diversity of British fiction released throughout the Victorian interval.
- Explains matters akin to Victorian religions, classification constitution, and Darwinism to those that are surprising with them.
- Comprises unique, obtainable chapters written via popular and rising students within the box of Victorian reviews.
- Ideal for college students and researchers looking up to the moment assurance of contexts and developments, or as a kick off point for a survey course.
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Before 1853 there was only one successful provincial daily, the Liverpool Telegraph and Shipping Gazette. By 1870 there were 60 in England alone; by 1900, 171. The total circulation of all London newspapers, just 56,000 in 1837, jumped to 410,000 by 1874 and 680,000 in 1887. Publishing trade journals reported only about 300 book titles issued annually in the first years of the century, surging to nearly 3,000 by 1842 and about 8,000 by 1897. 0 percent. As late as 1873, the ratio of secular to religious magazines was 60 : 40, but by 1902 it was 80 : 20.
In 1899, Walter Besant estimated that whereas the English-speaking reading public had numbered around 50,000 in 1830 it was, by the 1890s, more like 120 million (Cross 1985: 206). Though such estimates are factually inaccurate, they reflect a view widely promulgated in the 1890s. More importantly, the perceived increase in the size of the reading public was seen to entail an increase in diversity that rendered it impossible any longer to envision that public either as a culturally homogeneous group or as one that shared the same background and values as those seeking to reach it through the written word.
No public Education, Literacy, and the Reader 37 library allowed its patrons to browse its shelves until 1894; the borrower had to consult an indicator to find out if a particular book was available, and then ask a librarian to fetch it, a system which many less-educated readers found confusing and intimidating. Yet an 1876–7 parliamentary survey of 37 public libraries found that their users were mainly working-class – as many as 81 percent of them in the case of Leeds. At the Liverpool Free Library, one observer noted in 1858, “the larger proportion of solid reading is amongst the really working classes, the lighter literature more among young men in offices and shops” (Picton 1858).
A Companion to the Victorian Novel by Patrick Brantlinger, William Thesing