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The Notting Hill Mystery as source for Trilby

Several literary and biographical sources are credited as inspiration for George Du Maurier’s phenomenally successful novel Trilby.[1]  According to Du Maurier biographer Leonée Ormond, the most notable biographical influences on the novel were Du Maurier’s experiences in the Latin Quarter … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Brett Fish

This was completed as part of a primary source project for EN634: Victorian Literature Loveday Brooke: The First Important Female Detective Very little is written about Catherine Pirkis, though what scholarship exists certainly revolves around her last published work: The … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Lauren Tubbs

The following was completed as part of a primary source project for EN634: Victorian Literature “The Road to Hell is Paved with Clandestine Correspondence”: An Analysis of Accused Poisoner Madeline Smith             As if a sensation novel had come time … Continue reading

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James Payn: Halves

Plot summary: No one reads James Payn apparently, even though he was a prolific writer and had numerous works on the Victorian best-seller lists.  Moreover, he contributed to many of the period’s most influential literary periodicals and even edited the … Continue reading

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Palmer’s Head: Victorian Postmortem Physiognomy

In revising one of my dissertation chapters into an article, I had to cut some research on poisoners and physiognomy.  One of the most interesting discoveries I made during research is the Victorian practice of postmortem physiognomic readings.  After the … Continue reading

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Baroness Orczy: “The Mysterious Death on the Underground Railway”

Plot Summary: This story is part of “The Old Man in the Corner” series created by Orczy, which feature an (you guessed it) old man telling sensational mystery tales in the A.B.C. Teashop.  This time he tells Polly (a journalist) … Continue reading

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L.T. Meade’s “The Wrong Prescription”

Plot Summary: Dr. Halifax (the doctor-hero of the collected stories) goes to stay with friends in Hampshire for Christmas, where he meets Captain Oliver, Miss Francis Wilton (the fiancee of the aforementioned Oliver) and the ten-year old Rosamond.  After they … Continue reading

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