The Cornhill Magazine
The Cornhill Magazine was the premier fiction-carrying
magazine of the century, publishing the first printings of novels by Anthony
Trollope, William Thackeray, Wilkie Collins, Mrs. Gaskell, and Thomas
Hardy, among many others.
The first printing of George Eliots Romola
appeared in monthly installments in The Cornhill Magazine from
July 1862 to August 1863. The publisher, George Smith, offered Eliot £10,000
for the rights to the novel, an unheard of sum at the time. Eliots
high fee is indicative of both her prominent literary reputation, and
of the enormous profits generated by the public appetite for fiction.
The Cornhill Magazine. London: Smith, Elder and
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