Serializing Fiction In The Victorian Press

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Drawing on extensive archival research in both Britain and the United States, Serializing Fiction in the Victorian Press represents the first comprehensive study of the publication of installment fiction in Victorian newspapers. Often overlooked, this phenomenon is shown to have exerted a crucial influence on the development of the fiction market in the last decades of the 19th century. A detailed description of the practice of syndication is followed by a wide-ranging discussion of its implications for readership, authorship, and fictional form.

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"...Graham Law's highly original, meticulously researched study of serial fiction, syndication, and newspapers is needed."--Linda K. Hughes, Victorian Studies
"Law's important research substantially changes the conception of Victorian readership and the influence of fiction...highly recommended..."-- Choice.
"I learned something from every page of this book."--Review

Law (English studies, Waseda U., Tokyo) shows how serial publication in syndicates of weekly news miscellanies throughout the British Empire was important in cultural and economic terms. A descriptive history of the rise and decline of the practice of syndication is followed by chapters that discuss its implications for readership, authorship, and the fictional form. Coverage includes well-known novelists, such as Thomas Hardy and Charles Dickens as well as "newspaper novelists" such as David Pae and Mary Elizabeth Braddon who published mostly through the weeklies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312235741
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/6/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Law is Professor in English Studies, Waseda University.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Context
• Serial Fiction
Part II: Narrative
• Before Tillotsons
Part III: Analysis
• Readership
• Authorship
• Genre

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