The Sensation Novel Nineteenth-Century Reaction - Essay

Nineteenth-Century Reaction

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Christian Remembrancer (essay date 1863)

SOURCE: "Our Female Sensation Novelists," in Christian Remembrancer, Vol. CXXI, July, 1863, pp. 209-36.

[In the following essay, the anonymous author presents an overview of the sensation novel and evaluates the works of Wood, Norton, and Braddon—in the negative manner characteristic of critics of the period.]

We have been counselled not to ask why the former times were better than these, and are thus instructed to beware of enhancing the past in peevish depreciation of the present, the scene of our labours and trials. The check is constantly needed by those whose past is long enough ago to melt...

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