Nineteenth-Century Prose

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 2, Fall

Gerard Manley Hopkins' Journal and the Poetics of Natural History
Gerard Manley Hopkins' practice of writing a nature journal derives more than has been acknowledged from popular Victorian natural history. But his manner of writing wrestles with the resources of language, as the journal displays both inventiveness...
Mark Twain's Books Do Furnish a Room: But a Uniform Edition Does Still Better
Bibliographers, biographers, and even bibliophiles have essentially overlooked the Uniform Edition of Mark Twain's works that Harper Brothers began to publish in 1896 but soon stopped after six volumes because of difficulties it met over copyrights....
Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Dawson, and the Control of the Lecture Platform in Mid-Nineteenth Century Manchester
Despite recent increased interest in the politics of the spoken word, the history of the English lecture platform is still dominated by interpretations derived from the rather different experience of America. This article seeks to uncover the extent...
Sincerity and the Subject in Wilde's De Profundis
The sincerity of Wilde's De Profundis, put into doubt by trains of thought in the letter that are uncharacteristic of Wilde's earlier writing, is challenged further by contemporary literary theory in its rejection of the autobiographical subject as...
The Frontier and Industrialization in the Democratic State: Nineteenth-Century Socio-Political and Cultural Orders in Twain's "Old Times on the Mississippi"
"Old Times on the Mississippi" has been read most often as a bildungsroman that charts Twain's growth as a writer from youthful romanticism to mature realism. While this reading nicely relates "Old Times" to relevant biographical facts, a wider contextualization,...
The Voices of the Poor? Dialogue in Henry Mayhew's London Labour and the London Poor
The interviews generally appear as seamless monologues: Once Henry Mayhew's subjects begin to talk, it seems, Mayhew remains silent, allowing them to present their lives and opinions directly to the reader. But this striking immediacy between interviewee...