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Elisabeth Jay

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655243

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655243.001.0001

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The democratization of British fiction

The democratization of British fiction

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(p.245) 12 The democratization of British fiction
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British Writers and Paris 1830–1875
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Elisabeth Jay

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655243.003.0013

During what was traditionally considered one of the richest periods in the evolution of a British fiction reaching ever wider audiences, the literary market also experienced a contrary pressure from publishers eager to mine previous success rather than encourage innovation. The democratization of the literary marketplace carried a further challenge to writers anxious to portray Paris. Analysis of successive editions of Bulwer-Lytton’s Pelham demonstrates changing expectations of the readership’s command of French, while surveying the differing practices of other silver-fork novelists—Thackeray, G. W. M. Reynolds, Dickens, and Augustus Sala—suggests that in this respect each author made his or her own choices.

Keywords:   democratization, Dickens, French language, Lytton, Pelham, publishers, Reynolds, Sala, Thackeray

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