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New Directions in Book History

The Rise and Fall of the Victorian Three-Volume Novel

Authors: Bassett, Troy

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  • Offers a cultural, economic and literary history of the Victorian three-volume novel
  • Investigates the success of publisher Richard Bentley in producing three-volume novels
  • Examines the experiences of the W. H. Smith circulating library in distributing three-volume novels
  • Discusses the difficulties of authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson and George Moore in writing three-volume novels
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Utilizing recent developments in book history and digital humanities, this book offers a cultural, economic, and literary history of the Victorian three-volume novel, the prestige format for the British novel during much of the nineteenth century. With the publication of Walter Scott’s popular novels in the 1820s, the three-volume novel became the standard format for new fiction aimed at middle-class audiences through the support of circulating libraries. Following a quantitative analysis examining who wrote and published these novels, the book investigates the success of publisher Richard Bentley in producing three-volume novels, the experiences of the W. H. Smith circulating library in distributing them, the difficulties of authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson and George Moore in writing them, and the resistance of new publishers such as Arrowsmith and Unwin to publishing them. Rather than faltering, the three-volume novel stubbornly endured until its abandonment in the 1890s.

About the authors

Troy J. Bassett is Professor of English at Purdue University Fort Wayne, USA. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on Victorian book history and literature and is the creator of the digital humanities project At the Circulating Library: A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Rise and Fall of the Victorian Three-Volume Novel
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in Book History
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-31926-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-31926-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-31925-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 256
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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