By Deirdre David
Within the Victorian interval, the British novel reached a large readership and performed an enormous function within the shaping of nationwide and person identification. As we come to appreciate the methods the unconventional contributed to public opinion on faith, gender, sexuality and race, we remain entertained and enlightened by way of the works of Dickens, George Eliot, Thackeray, Trollope etc. This moment version of the significant other to the Victorian Novel has been up to date totally, taking account of latest study and significant methodologies. There are 4 new chapters and the others were completely up to date, as has the consultant to additional studying. Designed to entice scholars, lecturers and readers, those essays mirror the newest techniques to examining and knowing Victorian fiction.
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Mudie prided himself on the moral tone of the books he stocked. Whilst his choice of the word "select" to describe his library hinted, too, at a class exclusiveness, the boast in his advertising that to his library "the best Works of Fiction are . . freely admitted" suggests the careful vetting of their quality, a process in which he himself took an active part. Other circulating libraries, notably (from the early 1860s) W H. Smith and Son, as well as those run by countless local shops, also prospered.
Maggie speaks: '"Tom, forgive me - let us always love each other,' and they clung and wept together" (The Mill on the Floss, 316). With this build-up, it is a an inevitability that the novel as a whole will conclude with Tom and Maggie joined in a way that will dramatize their instinctual need for one another. This need has been determined not just psychologically, but by the work's material structure. 23 Cambridge Companions Online © Cambridge University Press, 2006 KATE FLINT Reading on trains signified modernity, and hence was a convenient trope on which commentators about current trends could seize.
Competitive mockery is also, in a sense, a constitutive characteristic of the dismissal of Victorian values and literature that was voiced by Leslie Stephen and H. G. Wells at the beginning of the twentieth century. " 22 The chapters that follow do not, of course, constitute a history of the Victorian age but they do provide a comprehensive history of the literary form that is virtually synonymous with it. And the richness of these chapters, I venture to say, leads us to feel, unlike Strachey, that we can never know too much about the Victorian age, nor, indeed, about its defining literary genre, the novel.