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Throughout Victoria's reign, the social fabric of Britain transformed dramatically. Rail travel became a fact of life, while industry employed a newly mobile workforce. Magazines and digests made authors like Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Wilkie Collins, and Arthur Conan Doyle enormously popular. Works by the Brontës, William Thackeray, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Oscar Wilde expanded the realm of the novel and the stage, while scientific treatises by Charles Darwin were avidly discussed, and the artistry of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and William Morris brought new styles and fashions before an increasingly consumerist public.
 
Here we offer history on the rails and sensational beasts on display, fictional detectives and a crusading policeman, classic works of fiction and analyses of their authors' lives and legacies, and dramatizations on DVD that transport us back to this remarkable era. 

 
 
 
 
 The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London
 

The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London

Judith Flanders.
 
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The author of The Invention of Murder here gives us a revelatory portrait of everyday life ...(Read More)

 
 Inspector of the Dead
 

Inspector of the Dead

David Morrell.
 
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Nominated for both the Edgar and Anthony Awards, and the winner of the Nero and Macavity Awards, ...(Read More)

 
 The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
 

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle.
 
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"Mr Sherlock Holmes, the well-known private detective, was the victim of a murderous assault ...(Read More)

 
 The Wonder
 

The Wonder

Emma Donoghue.
 
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(First Edition, Autographed) (Shortlisted for the Giller Prize) Though best known for her ...(Read More)

 
 The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland
 

The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.
 
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(Finalist for the 2015 Costa Biography Award) Wonderland is part of our cultural ...(Read More)

 
 
 The Big Book of Jack the Ripper: The Most Complete Compendium of Ripper Stories Ever Assembled
 

The Big Book of Jack the Ripper: The Most Complete Compendium of Ripper Stories Ever Assembled

Otto Penzler, ed.
 
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Of all the serial killers whose gruesome deeds have splashed across headlines, few have reached the ...(Read More)

 
 Underworld London: Crime and Punishment in the Capital City
 

Underworld London: Crime and Punishment in the Capital City

Catharine Arnold.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Beginning with an atmospheric account of Tyburn—a village synonymous with capital punishment ...(Read More)

 
 Mrs Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady
 

Mrs Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady

Kate Summerscale.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Headstrong, high-spirited, and already widowed, Isabella Walker became Mrs. Henry Robinson at age ...(Read More)

 
 Advice to Single Women
 

Advice to Single Women

Haydn Brown.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
"Single women who have been industrious, and who have boldly carved out a career for themselves, ...(Read More)

 
 They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper
 

They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper

Bruce Robinson.
 
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The mystery of Jack the Ripper has spawned obsessive theorists and endless volumes purporting to ...(Read More)

 
 
 Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways: Feuds, Frauds, Robberies and Riots
 

Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways: Feuds, Frauds, Robberies and Riots

Terry Deary.
 
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The Victorians risked more than just delays when boarding a steam train, for although they would ...(Read More)

 
 Murder in the First-Class Carriage: The First Victorian Railway Killing
 

Murder in the First-Class Carriage: The First Victorian Railway Killing

Kate Colquhoun.
 
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On a muggy July evening in 1864, London banker Thomas Briggs was traveling home after visiting his ...(Read More)

 
 Play the Game: Victorian and Edwardian Sporting Songs
 

Play the Game: Victorian and Edwardian Sporting Songs

Ian Partridge, tenor. Peter Savidge, baritone. Jennifer Partridge, piano. The Song and Supper Club. Andrew Phillips, director.
 
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Perfectly evoking the drawing rooms and music halls of the late-19th and early-20th-century, these ...(Read More)

 
 The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton: And Other Singular Tales from the Victorian Press
 

The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton: And Other Singular Tales from the Victorian Press

Jeremy Clay.
 
Sale Price: $5.98
 
"Holidaymaker Fights Off African Lion in Welsh Hotel Room." "Man Swallows Mouse and ...(Read More)

 
 Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl
 

Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl

Jenny Wren. Jenny Éclair, foreword.
 
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Essentially a female riposte to Jerome K. Jerome's Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, this ...(Read More)

 
 
 The Devil's Workshop: A Novel of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad
 

The Devil's Workshop: A Novel of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad

Alex Grecian.
 
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Scotland Yard's Murder Squad faces the most shocking case of its existence, in this third ...(Read More)

 
 Fatal Enquiry: A Barker & Llewelyn Novel
 

Fatal Enquiry: A Barker & Llewelyn Novel

Will Thomas.
 
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In their sixth investigation, in Will Thomas's witty and atmospheric Victorian mystery series ...(Read More)

 
 Slammerkin
 

Slammerkin

Emma Donoghue.
 
Sale Price: $5.98
 
(Finalist for the 2001 Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction and a New York ...(Read More)

 
 Tipping the Velvet
 

Tipping the Velvet

Sarah Waters.
 
Sale Price: $5.98
 
Suffused with the songs, smells, and dress of late Victorian England, this debut novel from the ...(Read More)

 
 Mrs. Charles Darwin's Recipe Book: Revived and Illustrated
 

Mrs. Charles Darwin's Recipe Book: Revived and Illustrated

Dusha Bateson & Weslie Janeway. Janet Browne, preface. Nach Waxman, foreword.
 
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While her husband's book On the Origin of Species changed the way we viewed the rise of ...(Read More)

 
 
 Lady's Maid
 

Lady's Maid

Margaret Forster.
 
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Young and timid but full of sturdy good sense and awakening sophistication, Lily Wilson arrives in ...(Read More)

 
 Charles Dickens
 

Charles Dickens

Michael Slater.
 
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The past president of the International Dickens Fellowship, former editor of The Dickensian, ...(Read More)

 
 The Great Charles Dickens Scandal
 

The Great Charles Dickens Scandal

Michael Slater.
 
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Charles Dickens was regarded as the great proponent of hearth and home in Victorian Britain, though ...(Read More)

 
 Charles Dickens at Home
 

Charles Dickens at Home

Hilary Macaskill. Florian Schweizer, foreword. Graham Salter, photos.
 
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Giving us an uncommonly close-up look at one of the world's most popular and celebrated authors ...(Read More)

 
 On London
 

On London

Charles Dickens.
 
Sale Price: $3.98
 
The sense of place was of the utmost importance to Charles Dickens, and nowhere is more associated ...(Read More)

 
 
 Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi
 

Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi

Charles Dickens. Richard Findlater, afterword.
 
Sale Price: $3.98
 
In 1837, the 25-year-old Charles Dickens was asked to rewrite the memoirs of the world-renowned ...(Read More)

 
 The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton
 

The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton

Diane Atkinson.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Married at 19 to bullying Tory lawyer George Norton, Caroline Sheridan had become a respected poet ...(Read More)

 
 The World of Charles Dickens: The Life, Times and Works of the Great Victorian Novelist
 

The World of Charles Dickens: The Life, Times and Works of the Great Victorian Novelist

Martin Fido.
 
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Also the author of the 1970 Short Illustrated Life of Charles Dickens—hailed by The ...(Read More)

 
 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Or, The Murder at Road Hill House
 

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Or, The Murder at Road Hill House

Kate Summerscale.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
(Winner of the 2008 Samuel Johnson Prize) It is midnight, June 30, 1860, and all is quiet in ...(Read More)

 
 How to Be Pretty Though Plain
 

How to Be Pretty Though Plain

Mrs. Humphry.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
"Work and sympathy are the two great essentials in the making of a beautiful countenance," notes ...(Read More)

 
 
 The Victorian Gardener
 

The Victorian Gardener

Caroline Ikin.
 
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Over the course of the 19th century in Britain, gardening came to be considered a respectable ...(Read More)

 
 Jumbo: The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation
 

Jumbo: The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation

John Sutherland.
 
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Born in 1861 in French Sudan and later sold to the London Zoo at Regent's Park, Jumbo the elephant ...(Read More)

 
 The Last Journey of William Huskisson: How a Day of Triumph Became a Day of Despair at the Turn of a Wheel
 

The Last Journey of William Huskisson: How a Day of Triumph Became a Day of Despair at the Turn of a Wheel

Simon Garfield.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
George and Robert Stephenson wanted their "Rocket" to become the most famous locomotive in history, ...(Read More)

 
 The Cranford Companion
 

The Cranford Companion

Sue Birtwistle & Susie Conklin.
 
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When Cranford aired on PBS's Masterpiece Classics in 2008, it garnered critical praise from ...(Read More)

 
 Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There
 

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

Lewis Carroll. John Tenniel, illus.
 
Sale Price: $3.98
 
Back at home from her Wonderland, Alice considers the large mantelpiece mirror, in this 1871 sequel ...(Read More)

 
 
 Great Expectations
 

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens.
 
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A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons ...(Read More)

 
 The Hound of the Baskervilles
 

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
With the sudden and brutal death of Sir Charles Baskerville—and the only clue being the footprints ...(Read More)

 
 Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm
 

Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm

Monte Reel.
 
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The author of The Last of the Tribe, former Washington Post reporter Monte Reel here ...(Read More)

 
 London: A Literary Anthology
 

London: A Literary Anthology

Richard Fairman, ed.
 
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"There's nowhere like London really you know," says Ginger in Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies, ...(Read More)

 
 What About Darwin?: All Species of Opinion from Scientists, Sages, Friends, and Enemies Who Met, Read, and Discussed the Naturalist Who Changed the World
 

What About Darwin?: All Species of Opinion from Scientists, Sages, Friends, and Enemies Who Met, Read, and Discussed the Naturalist Who Changed the World

Thomas F. Glick.
 
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Over the past 160 years, Charles Darwin and his revolutionary ideas have inspired commentary all ...(Read More)

 
 
 Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens
 

Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens

Robert Gottlieb.
 
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Famous for the indelible child characters he created, from Little Nell and Oliver Twist to David ...(Read More)

 
 Under the Wide and Starry Sky
 

Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Nancy Horan.
 
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(A Washington Post Best Book of 2013) In this second novel from the author of the ...(Read More)

 
 Charles Dickens: The Dickens Bicentenary 1812–2012
 

Charles Dickens: The Dickens Bicentenary 1812–2012

Lucinda Dickens Hawksley.
 
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Produced in association with the Charles Dickens Museum, London, this beautifully decorated visual ...(Read More)

 
 Darwin's Dice: The Idea of Chance in the Thought of Charles Darwin
 

Darwin's Dice: The Idea of Chance in the Thought of Charles Darwin

Curtis Johnson.
 
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In contrast to many other biologists of his time, Charles Darwin was a firm believer in chance as a ...(Read More)

 
 The Curse of the House of Foskett: The Gower Street Detective, Book 2
 

The Curse of the House of Foskett: The Gower Street Detective, Book 2

M.R.C. Kasasian.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Sidney Grice once had a reputation as Victorian London's most perspicacious personal ...(Read More)

 
 
 Brief Lives: Wilkie Collins
 

Brief Lives: Wilkie Collins

Melisa Klimaszewski.
 
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One of the most popular writers in Victorian England, Wilkie Collins (1824–89) was an innovator of ...(Read More)

 
 Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism
 

Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism

Deborah Lutz.
 
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In her smart, provocative account of the erotic undercurrent beneath the surface of Victorian ...(Read More)

 
 The Brontës in Brussels
 

The Brontës in Brussels

Helen MacEwan.
 
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In 1842, five years before they became popular authors, Charlotte Brontë and her sister Emily ...(Read More)

 
 Inspector Minahan Makes a Stand: The Missing Girls of England
 

Inspector Minahan Makes a Stand: The Missing Girls of England

Bridget O'Donnell.
 
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In Victorian London, the age of consent was just 13. Unwitting girls were regularly enticed or ...(Read More)

 
 The Wayward Genius of Henry Mayhew: Pioneering Reportage from Victorian London
 

The Wayward Genius of Henry Mayhew: Pioneering Reportage from Victorian London

Henry Mayhew. Karl Sabbagh, ed.
 
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A journalist and co-founder of Punch Magazine, Henry Mayhew (1812–87) shared his friend ...(Read More)

 
 
 My Life in Middlemarch
 

My Life in Middlemarch

Rebecca Mead.
 
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(A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice and a Library Journal Best Book of ...(Read More)

 
 Charles Dickens: A Celebration of His Life and Work
 

Charles Dickens: A Celebration of His Life and Work

Charles Mosley.
 
Sale Price: $9.98
 
Heavily illustrated with captioned color reproductions of art, engravings, photos, and such ...(Read More)

 
 John Everett Millais
 

John Everett Millais

Jason Rosenfeld.
 
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A founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, an acclaimed society portraitist, and an ...(Read More)

 
 The Penny Post: 1680–1918
 

The Penny Post: 1680–1918

Frank Staff.
 
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An authoritative account of the growth of Britain's Penny Post, originally published in 1964, this ...(Read More)

 
 Emily Brontë's <I>Wuthering Heights</I>: A Coloring Classic
 

Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights: A Coloring Classic

Elisabetta Stoinich, illus.
 
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Ghostly Catherine at the window; tortured Heathcliff begging her not to leave him alone; faithful ...(Read More)

 
 
 Dracula: Writer's Digest Annotated Classics
 

Dracula: Writer's Digest Annotated Classics

Bram Stoker. Mort Castle, annotations. Jonathan Maberry, foreword.
 
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First published in 1897, Bram Stoker's iconic and genuinely creepy vampire story is told through ...(Read More)

 
 Rebecca and Rowena
 

Rebecca and Rowena

W.M. Thackeray. Matthew Sweet, foreword.
 
Sale Price: $3.98
 
A satire of Victorian admiration for all things medieval, this 1850 work by the author of Vanity ...(Read More)

 
 Sherlock Holmes FAQ: All That's Left to Know about the World's Greatest Private Detective
 

Sherlock Holmes FAQ: All That's Left to Know about the World's Greatest Private Detective

Dave Thompson.
 
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Also the author of Doctor Who FAQ and Hearts of Darkness: James Taylor, Jackson Browne, ...(Read More)

 
 Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: A Coloring Classic
 

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: A Coloring Classic

Kate Ware & Vladimir Aleksic, illus.
 
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Illuminate your Christmas with the colors of mystery, charity, kindness, and the melting of old ...(Read More)

 
 The Picture of Dorian Gray
 

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Admired by all, young Dorian Gray apparently has everything anyone could wish for. But while the ...(Read More)

 
 
 Affairs of the Heart: Series One
 

Affairs of the Heart: Series One

Diana Rigg, Margaret Tyzack, Pamela Brown, Patricia Routledge, Ian Ogilvy, Anton Rodgers & others.
 
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The pitfalls of insincere love and marrying for personal gain are brilliantly analyzed here in ...(Read More)

 
 Affairs of the Heart: Series Two
 

Affairs of the Heart: Series Two

Derek Jacobi, Eileen Atkins, Sinéad Cusack, Edward Hardwicke, Daniel Massey, Cheryl Campbell & others.
 
ListPrice: $39.99
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Chronicling the culture clash between ambitious, provincial Americans and world-wise European ...(Read More)

 
 Finding Neverland
 

Finding Neverland

Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman & others. Marc Forster, director.
 
Sale Price: $6.98
 
(Winner of the Academy Award for Best Music; nominated for 6 additional awards, including Best ...(Read More)

 
 Indian Summers
 

Indian Summers

Julie Walters & others. Anand Tucker, director.
 
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Led by Julie Walters as widow Cynthia Coffin, the glamorous doyenne of a group of English ...(Read More)

 
 Indian Summers: The Complete Second Season
 

Indian Summers: The Complete Second Season

Julie Walters, Henry Lloyd-Hughes & others.
 
ListPrice: $49.99
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It is 1935, and Britain's control over India is slipping. After a terrorist attack against the ...(Read More)

 
 
 The Mill: Series Two
 

The Mill: Series Two

Matthew McNulty, Kerrie Hayes, Barbara Marten, Holly Lucas & others. Susan Tully & Bill Anderson, directors.
 
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Freed from her apprenticeship, Esther (Kerrie Hayes) is aided by the gifted mill ...(Read More)

 
 Nicholas Nickleby; Jack the Giant Killer: 2 Classic Films
 

Nicholas Nickleby; Jack the Giant Killer: 2 Classic Films

Jim Broadbent, Charlie Hunnam, Anne Hathaway, Kerwin Matthews, Judi Meredith & others. Douglas McGrath & Nathan Juran, directors.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
After his father dies, 19-year-old Nicholas Nickleby (Charlie Hunnam) must provide for his family, ...(Read More)

 
 Victoria: The Complete First Season
 

Victoria: The Complete First Season

Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell, David Bamber, Peter Bowles, Margaret Clunie & others.
 
ListPrice: $49.99
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(Pre-order now! Release date January 31, 2017) Upon waking one morning in 1837, 18-year-old ...(Read More)

 
 William Morris Playing Cards: 2 Bridge Decks
 

William Morris Playing Cards: 2 Bridge Decks

William Morris, illus.
 
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A principal founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement, William Morris (1834–96) provides the elegant ...(Read More)

 
 William Morris Playing Cards: 2 Poker-Size Decks
 

William Morris Playing Cards: 2 Poker-Size Decks

William Morris, illus.
 
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Bright blue, purple, and green floral patterns decorate these cards, adapted from Autumn ...(Read More)

 
 
   
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