fashionable novels

Fashionable novel

Fashionable novels, 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.


Further reading

  • Cronin, Richard. Romantic Victorians: English Literature, 1824-1840. Macmillan (2002), chapter 4. ISBN 0333966163.
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