, also called silver fork novels
, were a 19th-century genre
of English literature
that depicted the lives of the upper class
. They dominated the English literature market from the mid-1820s to the mid-1840s. They were often indiscreet, and on occasion "keys" would circulate that identified the real people on which the principal characters were based. Theodore Hook
was a major writer of fashionable novels, and Henry Colburn
was a major publisher.
- Cronin, Richard. Romantic Victorians: English Literature, 1824-1840. Macmillan (2002), chapter 4. ISBN 0333966163.