Category: Victorian

The House of the Vampire by G.S. Viereck

George Sylvester Viereck published The House of the Vampire in 1907. It is one of the first “psychic vampire” novels ever written, but what makes it even more interesting is the romance at its center is a homosexual one (in fact, a homosexual love…

Thoughts: Sodom on the Thames by Morris B. Kaplan

Sodom on the Thames: Sex, Love, and Scandal in Wilde Times by Morris B. Kaplan Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 20 Sodom on the Thames is a descriptive and argumentative essay divided into four chapters, each of which focuses on one element…

Thoughts: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 10 Jane Austen is perched on a curious point in the literary timeline, caught somewhat between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, both of which influenced her work. She greatly admires Samuel Johnson…

Review: The Warden by Anthony Trollope

The Warden by Anthony Trollope Final Verdict: 3.25 out of 4.0 YTD: 27 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable The Warden is a little book with a big story.  It tells the tale of Mr. Harding, a clergyman and Warden of an…

Review: The Haunted House by Charles Dickens

The Haunted House by Charles Dickens Final Verdict: 2.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 24 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens is actually a compilation work, with contributions from Hesba Stretton, George Augustus Sala, Adelaide Anne Procter, Wilkie…

Review: Germinal by Emile Zola

Germinal by Emile Zola Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 23 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) If you ever want to read a book about miners, or a book about family, or a book about unions, or…

A Victorian Celebration Contest!

Greetings, Victorian Celebration Participants! Giveaway Closed: Congratulations to the Winner: Jean from Howling Frog Books! Jean chose to receive a copy of the Penguin Clothbound Edition of The Mill on the Floss. Welcome to A Victorian Celebration Contest!  This Contest is open ONLY to registered…

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