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The Novelty of Newspapers: Victorian Fiction After the Invention of the News

Matthew Rubery


This book explains why the Victorian novel is best understood alongside the simultaneous development of the news as a commercial commodity read by up to a million readers per day. The commercial press arising in 19th-century Britain had a profound influence on the fiction of Mary Braddon, Charlotte Brontë, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Anthony Trollope, and many other novelists who all used narrative conventions derived from the press in their fiction. The chapters of this book distinguish five of the most important of these narrative conventions—shipping intelli ... More

Keywords: Victorian novel, journalism, news, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Mary Braddon, sensation, Anthony Trollope, Charles Dickens

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195369267
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Rubery, author
University of Leeds
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