Victorian Women Writers
These novels written by English women provide insight
into several historical and literary fields of inquirythey allow
us to explore genres of popular fiction, such as the "new woman"
novel, the "sensation" novel, and the origins of the detective
novel; they record the entrance of women into the literary marketplace
in unprecedented numbers; and they provide documentary evidence of nineteenth
century book design and production.
Though forgotten today, many of these novels were wildly
successful in their own time. By preserving them while they still survive,
we increase our ability to understand the Victorian period, now and in