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Postal plots in British fiction, 1840-1898 : readdressing correspondence in Victorian culture

Author: Laura Rotunno
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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By 1840, the epistolary novel was dead. Letters in Victorian fiction, however, were unmistakably alive. By examining a variety of works from authors including Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle, "Postal Plots" addresses why. It explores how Victorian postal reforms encouraged the lower and middle classes to read and write, allowed them some social and political agency, and led many to literature.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Rotunno, Laura, 1971-
Postal plots in British fiction, 1840-1898
(DLC) 2013021609
(OCoLC)837143366
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Rotunno
ISBN: 9781137323804 1137323809 9781137323798 1137323795
OCLC Number: 854257580
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Correspondence culture --
Mr. Micawber, letter-writing manuals, and Charles Dickens's literary professionals --
Feminized correspondence, the unknown public, and the egalitarian professional of Wilkie Collins's The woman in white --
From postmarks to literary professionalism in Anthony Trollope's John Caldigate --
Telegraphing literature in Arthur Conan Doyle's The sign of four --
Conclusion: Undelivered.
Responsibility: Laura Rotunno, Associate Professor of English, Penn State Altoona, USA.

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