Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900

Sin and Sensation
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Sensation fiction, a loose sub-genre of the British novel, flourished from the 1860s onwards. With plots featuring scandalous topics such as divorce, bigamy, rape, illegitimacy, crime and insanity, the genre frequently took its inspiration from the headlines of tabloid journalism. The sensation genre alarmed British authorities, especially clergy, who preached against it as "one of the abominations of the age."

Sensation novels catered to a mass reading audience, and they were hugely successful. One of the most famous progenitors of the genre, Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret, sold out eight editions between October and December 1862.

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early role models
entering the literary market
learned poets
getting into print
charlotte bronte and george eliot
sin and sensation
new women
L.T. Meade
the three volume format
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