The Newgate Novel, 1830-1847: Bulwer, Ainsworth, Dickens & Thackeray

The Newgate Novel, 1830-1847: Bulwer, Ainsworth, Dickens & Thackeray

The Newgate Novel, 1830-1847: Bulwer, Ainsworth, Dickens & Thackeray

The Newgate Novel, 1830-1847: Bulwer, Ainsworth, Dickens & Thackeray

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This work began as and probably remains a book for persons interested in the history of fiction and in English literature of the nineteenth century. Friendly optimists have insisted, however, that since it has to do with taste, literary morals, and social history it may speak to a wider audience. For the sake of the reader whose special interest is not English literature, I have inserted an occasional explanatory phrase. I hope that the scholar who finds it superfluous will not object.

No one can acknowledge all his obligations, but it is a pleasure to mention some that can be specified. I am indebted to the Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, and in particular to the former Keeper of the Library, Mr. A. W. Wheen, for permission to quote from the unpublished correspondence between Edward Lytton Bulwer and John Forster. These letters, in the Forster Collection of the Museum, were first made known to me by J. Lee Harlan, who also lent his photostats and assisted in transcription; I am glad to be able to make record of his generous assistance. I am indebted to Jerome H. Buckley for helpful and sympathetic advice. To Susanne Howe Nobbe I am more grateful than I can say, not only for advice but for encouragement which spanned a period of extraordinary interruptions.

K. H.

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