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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 3: The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880$
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John Kucich and Jenny Bourne Taylor

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199560615.001.0001

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The Newgate Novel

The Newgate Novel

Chapter:
(p.122) 8 The Newgate Novel
Source:
The Oxford History of the Novel in English
Author(s):

Heather Worthington

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199560615.003.0008

This chapter examines the development of the Newgate novel, so called because the characters of its stories might have been found in the pages of Newgate Calendars, a collection of criminal biographies that first appeared in 1728. These novels and others like them set in place themes and tropes that shaped early fictional narratives of crime. They incorporated factual events, revolved round the figure of the criminal, and promoted a didactic political and social message.

Keywords:   crime fiction, Victorian fiction, Victorian novel, Newgate Calendars, crime narratives, criminal biographies

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