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Among English writers who produced works of prose fiction during the years between 1830 and 1848# close to two-thirds published at least one historical novel. Of 75 authors listed in the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature as having published novels between 1830 and 1848, 47 published at least one historical novel. Among novels reviewed by English periodicals during these years, one-third to one-half were historical fictions; and among general critical essays on fictional forms appearing in major periodicals of the period, at least twenty analyzed the historical novel as a genre. — Monika Brown

Victorian Criticism of Historical Fiction


Historical novels about specific periods, events, or subjects

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