The Plot Thickens · Illustrated Victorian Serial Fiction from Dickens to Du Maurier · By Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Lisa Surridge

In the early 1800s, books were largely unillustrated. By the 1830s and 1840s, however, innovations in wood- and steel-engraving techniques changed how Victorian readers consumed and conceptualized fiction. A new type of novel was born, often published in serial form, one that melded text and image as partners in meaning-making.

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Forget Me Not · The Rise of the British Literary Annual, 1823–1835 · By Katherine D. Harris

Katherine D. Harris assesses the phenomenal rise of the literary annual and its origins in English, German, and French literary forms as well as its social influence on women, its redefinition of the feminine, and its effects on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century print culture.

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Poetry, Pictures, and Popular Publishing · The Illustrated Gift Book and Victorian Visual Culture, 1855-1875 · By Lorraine Janzen Kooistra

In Poetry, Pictures, and Popular Publishing eminent Rossetti scholar Lorraine Janzen Kooistra demonstrates the cultural centrality of a neglected artifact: the Victorian illustrated gift book. Turning a critical lens on “drawing-room books” as both material objects and historical events, Kooistra reveals how the gift book’s visual/verbal form mediated “high” and popular art as well as book and periodical publication.

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