The Victorian Art of Fiction

The Victorian Art of Fiction presents important Victorian statements on the form and function of fiction. The essays in this anthology address questions of genre, such as realism and sensationalism; questions of gender and authorship; questions of form, such as characterization, plot construction, and narration; and questions about the morality of fiction. The editor discusses where Victorian writing on the novel has been placed in accounts of the history of criticism and then suggests some reasons for reconsidering this conventional evaluation. Among the featured essayists and critics are John Ruskin, Walter Bagehot, George Henry Lewes, Leslie Stephen, Anthony Trollope, and Robert Louis Stevenson; the classic essays include George Eliot’s “Silly Novels by Lady Novelists” and Henry James’s “The Art of Fiction.”

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    A Note on the Texts
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    Introduction
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    1. Anonymous, Review of Jane Eyre, Christian Remembrancer (1848)
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    2. David Masson, Thackeray and Dickens, North British Review (1851)
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    3. George Henry Lewes, The Lady Novelists, Westminster Review (1852)
    George Henry Lewes
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    4. Anonymous, The Progress of Fiction as an Art, Westminster Review (1853)
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    5. Theodore Martin, Thackeray’s Works, Westminster Review (1853)
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    6. C.W. Russell, Novel-Morality: The Novels of 1853, Dublin Review (1853)
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    7. Margaret Oliphant, Modern Novelists—Great and Small, Blackwood’s Magazine (1855)
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    8. Marian Evans [George Eliot], The Natural History of German Life, Westminster Review (1856)
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    9. Marian Evans [George Eliot], Silly Novels by Lady Novelists, Westminster Review (1856)
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    10. W.R. Greg, False Morality of Lady Novelists, National Review (1859)
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    11. David Masson, from British Novelists and Their Styles (1859)
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    12. Walter Bagehot, The Novels of George Eliot, National Review (1860)
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    13. Henry Mansel, Sensation Novels, Quarterly Review (1863)
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    14. Justin McCarthy, Modern Novelists: Charles Dickens, Westminster Review (1864)
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    15. George Henry Lewes, Criticism in Relation to Novels, Fortnightly Review (1866)
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    16. R.H. Hutton, The Empire of Novels, The Spectator (1869)
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    17. Edward Dowden, George Eliot, Contemporary Review (1872)
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    18. Leslie Stephen, Hours in a Library: Charlotte Brontë, Cornhill Magazine (1877)
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    19. Anthony Trollope, Novel-Reading, The Nineteenth Century (1879)
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    20. John Ruskin, Fiction—Fair and Foul, The Nineteenth Century (1880)
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    21. Robert Louis Stevenson, A Humble Remonstrance, Longman’s Magazine (1884)
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    22. Henry James, The Art of Fiction, Longman’s Magazine (1884)
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    Biographical Notes
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    Works Cited and Further Readings
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    Sources
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