Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900

The Cornhill Magazine
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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 Eliot’s 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. Eliot’s high fee is indicative of both her prominent literary reputation, and of the enormous profits generated by the public appetite for fiction.

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The Cornhill Magazine. London: Smith, Elder and Company, 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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