By Patrick Brantlinger, William Thesing
The significant other to the Victorian Novel offers contextual and demanding information regarding the full variety of British fiction released among 1837 and 1901.
- Provides contextual and important information regarding the complete diversity of British fiction released through the Victorian period.
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From January 1860 to July 1867, for example, readers were offered an installment of one new Trollope novel or another in some form every month, while the movement from serialization to ever-cheaper volume editions meant that both the old and new works of a popular novelist were constantly before the public, giving him “a kind of total and continual existence for the readers of his age” (Sutherland 1976: 37). If such omnipresence helped tighten the already (theoretically) close relationship between author and reader, so, too, did serialization, insofar as it allowed readers to communicate their responses to a novel as it unfolded – if only by choosing whether or not to buy the next installment.
Radical changes in the practice and the ethos of publishers, authors, and readers, and in the form and content of the novel, both resulted from and caused that breakdown. For contemporaries, a key event was the passage of the 1870 Education Act, which they believed vastly increased the size of the novel-reading public. 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).