1st Edition

Cult Criminals: The Newgate Novels (1830-47)

Edited By

Juliet John

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ISBN 9780415143837
Published January 27, 1998 by Routledge

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Book Description

Cult Criminals is a set of early Victorian novels 'sensationally' popular with readers and of immense influence in the development of the novel form. All six novels, commonly labelled 'Newgate' novels, scandalized the Victorians by glamorizing criminals and led to a bitter literary controversy between Dickens and Thackeray, who damned the former's Oliver Twist as a 'Newgate' novel.
At the heart of the 'Newgate' debate lay questions concerning the moral and social function of the novel, the relationship between romance and realism in fiction, and whether crime should be portrayed in fiction at all. The Newgate novels function as a bridge between the eighteenth- century tradition of crime fiction and the detective and crime novels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as encapsulating many of the social and cultural shifts that took place in the early Victorian period.

Table of Contents

Paul Clifford [1835] 490pp
Eugene Aram [1833] 450pp
Night and Morning [1851] 500pp
Lucretia [1853] 330pp
Edward Bulwer Lytton
Rookwood [1836] 500pp
Jack Sheppard First Edition 480pp
W. Harrison Ainsworth

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