Silver Fork Writers and Readers: Social Contexts of a Best Seller

Hughes, Winifred
March 1992
Novel: A Forum on Fiction;Spring92, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p328
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
Examines the original `Regency romances'--arguably the first best sellers--which were the so-called `silver fork' or fashionable novels of the 1820s and 30s. The popularity of the silver fork; The novels were marked by a radical instability of tone; Catherine Gore's retrospective novel `Cecil, a Peer' (1841); The typical silver fork heroes and heroines; The source of the silver fork novel's popular appeal; More.


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