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The maniac in the cellar : sensation novels of the 1860s / Winifred Hughes.

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Subject: English fiction > 19th century > History and criticism.
Sensationalism in literature.
Popular literature > Great Britain > History and criticism.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781400855476
  • ISBN: 1400855470
  • ISBN: 9780691064413
  • ISBN: 0691064415
  • ISBN: 0691615578
  • ISBN: 9780691615578
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (223 pages)
  • Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1980]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- 1. The Sensation Paradox -- 2. The Sensation Novel and Victorian Theories of Fiction -- 3. Charles Reade and the Breakdown of Melodrama -- 4. The Wickedness of Woman: M.E. Braddon and Mrs. Henry Wood -- 5. Wilkie Collins: The Triumph of the Detective -- 6. Influences of the Sensation Novel -- Notes -- Index.
Summary: Once a controversial genre of Victorian fiction that produced the major best sellers of its century, the now-forgotten sensation novel was a publishing phenomenon in its time. In a vivid portrait of this subversive and discomfiting popular literature, Winifred Hughes identifies its ingredients, its practitioners, and its implications, and reveals its significance both for the mid-Victorian consciousness and for the writers and readers of today. Originally published in 1981. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Language Note: In English.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.

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