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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. 

 
 
 
 
 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)

 
 Underworld London: Crime and Punishment in the Capital City
 

Underworld London: Crime and Punishment in the Capital City

Catharine Arnold.
 
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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.
 
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Headstrong, high-spirited, and already widowed, Isabella Walker became Mrs. Henry Robinson at age ...(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)

 
 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)

 
 
 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)

 
 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)

 
 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)

 
 Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi
 

Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi

Charles Dickens. Richard Findlater, afterword.
 
Sale Price: $2.98
 
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)

 
 How to Be Pretty Though Plain
 

How to Be Pretty Though Plain

Mrs. Humphry.
 
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"Work and sympathy are the two great essentials in the making of a beautiful countenance," notes ...(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)

 
 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)

 
 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)

 
 
 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)

 
 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: $2.98
 
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.
 
Sale Price: $1.98
 
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)

 
 
 Charles Dickens: A Celebration of His Life and Work
 

Charles Dickens: A Celebration of His Life and Work

Charles Mosley.
 
Sale Price: $6.98
 
Heavily illustrated with captioned color reproductions of art, engravings, photos, and such ...(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)

 
 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)

 
 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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Sale Price: $9.98
 
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)

 
 
 Indian Summers: The Complete First Season
 

Indian Summers: The Complete First Season

Julie Walters & others. Anand Tucker, director.
 
ListPrice: $49.99
Sale Price: $24.95
 
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
Sale Price: $29.95
 
It is 1935, and Britain's control over India is slipping. After a terrorist attack against the ...(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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Sale Price: $3.98
 
Bright blue, purple, and green floral patterns decorate these cards, adapted from Autumn ...(Read More)

 
 
   
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