Catherine Gore Criticism - Essay

Westminster Review (review date 1831)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Review of Pin Money, in Westminster Review, Vol. 15, October, 1831, pp. 433-42.

[In the following review, the anonymous writer criticizes Pin Money for its puffingits indiscriminate name-dropping of upper-class shops and tradesmenbut finds that the novel contains "exceedingly clever sketches of society."]

Pin Money is a novel which shews, in three volumes, the danger of a married lady's possessing four hundred a year independent of her husband. A person reasoning of these times in another age, might be led into a great mistake, by considering as an indication of the vast diffusion of wealth in this country, that...

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Christian Johnstone (review date 1841)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: "New Novels: Mrs. Gore's Greville; or, A Season in Paris, and Bulwer's Night and Morning" in Tait's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 8, March, 1841, pp. 186-91.

[In the excerpt below, Johnstone praises Greville; or, A Season in Paris for capturing the characteristic differences between the French and English aristocracies.]

The novel season of 1841 has opened brilliantly. Sir Edward Bulwer makes his bow to the public, after an absence of three years; Mrs. Gore her curtsy, after about the same number of months. The former occupies his original English ground, with no diminution of force and vigour, and with ripened experience of men and manners; the...

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Francis Jacox (essay date 1852)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: "Female Novelists," in New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 95, June, 1852, pp. 157-68.

[In the following overview of several of Gore's novels, Jacoxwho contends that "the fashionable novel occupies but humble rank" among literary genresnevertheless praises Gore for her "facile mastery of the materials with which she works."]

What constitutes a first-rate novel is a problem which might raise consternation in the senate-house of Cambridge; a problem knotty enough to stagger the entire corporation of wranglers, and strike the senior ops "all of a heap," and impel the junior ops (wooden spoon and all) to take refuge in suicide. When a plenary and...

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Lucy (Poate) Stebbins (essay date 1946)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: "A Ladies' Miscellany," in A Victorian Album: Some Lady Novelists of the Period, Columbia University Press, 1946, pp. 3-45.

[In the following excerpt, Stebbins finds Gore's novels "insipid, " criticizing their lack of plot development and well-drawn characters, and pointing out her tendency to over-indulge in foreign phrases and polysyllabic words.]

The always moral, always trite [Catherine] Gore (1800-1861) exerted royal authority over English readers by a combination of inflexible standards of behavior and a knowledge of aristocratic circles. Where she learned so much about the upper classes is a matter of conjecture; she was born into a mercantile family,...

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Bonnie Anderson (essay date 1976)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: "The Writings of Catherine Gore," in Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. X, No. 1, Summer, 1976, pp. 404-23.

[In this excerpt, Anderson uses a feminist perspective to identify the "womanly ideology" present in both Gore's work and many present-day romance novels, and argues that is it this motif that is the source of their appeal to women of all classes.]

By the end of the eighteenth century woman's position in society was beginning to be discussed in Western Europe. The political revolutions in America and France, with their emphasis on individual rights; the romantic cult of sensibility, which stressed the value of emotions and the heart; the new concern with...

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Norman Russell (essay date 1986)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: "Transmuting the Commonplace: A Problem of Style," in The Novelist and Mammon: Literary Responses to the World of Commerce in the Nineteenth Century, Clarendon Press, 1986, pp. 188-208.

[In the following excerpt, Russell examines Gore's novels of the 1840s, when she focused on financial issues, and finds her an objective and judicious observer of money in relation to mid-nineteenth-century society.']

Of all nineteenth-century novelists who turned their attention to the City and its doings, [Catherine] Gore was the most faithful to reality, and the best able to solve the problems of presentation caused by the demands of structure, setting, and style. Virtually...

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