Victorian Love Stories

Victorian Love Stories : An Oxford Anthology

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This varied, unusual selection of short stories presents Victorian love in all its moods, from triumphant to tragic. Covering a period that embraces both Elizabeth Gaskell and Somerset Maugham, these stories range from the sentimental to the satiric, the cruelly realistic to the perplexed, the mystical, and the rapturous. The lovers include a shopkeeper and an aristocrat, a seaweed gatherer, and a pair of herons. Self-sacrifice and adultery are prominent in these pages, as Victorian writers explored the nature of relationships at a time when women's growing independence brought into question traditional roles and assumptions. These stories confound expectations by dealing with their themes in wholly new and original ways, in fable and fairy-tale as well as bitter naturalism. Alongside familiar names such as Anthony Trollope and Thomas Hardy there are equally powerful stories by Lucy Clifford, Hubert Crackenthorpe, and Ellen T. Fowler. This is an exhilarating collection in which the complexity of love is wonderfully matched by the inventiveness of Victorian fiction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 516 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 36mm | 439.98g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192880403
  • 9780192880406

Table of contents

Grace Aguilar: The Authoress. Elizabeth Gaskell: Right at Last. William Morris: Frank's Sealed letter. Henry James: A Day of Days. Wilkie Collins: The Captain's Last Love. Christiana Fraser-Tytler: Margaret. Christina Rossetti: Hero. Mary Braddon: Her Last Appearance. Amelia B. Edwards: The Story of Salome. Thomas Hardy: The Son's Veto. Lucy Clifford: The End of Her Journey. W. S. Gilbert: An Elixir of Love. Olive Schreiner: In a Far-Off World. George Egerton: A Little Grey Glove. Hubert Crackenthorpe: A Conflict of Egoisms. Nora Vynne: An Ugly Little Woman. Florence Henniker: Our Neighbour, Mr Gibson. Henry Harland: Flower o' the Quince. Ella Darcy: The Pleasure Pilgrim. Laurence Alma-Tadema: At the Gates of Paradise. Ernest Dowson: The Statute of Limitations. Laurence Housman: The Story of the Herons. Walter Besant: The Shrinking Shoe. Mary Angela Dickens: The Idyll of an Omnibus. A. St John Adcock: Bob Harris's Deputy. Ellen T. Fowler: An Old Wife's Tale. Somerset Maugham: De Amicitia. Charlotte Mew: Some Ways of Love. Rudyard Kipling: Georgie Porgie. Flora Annie Steel: Uma Himavutee. Oscar Wilde: The Nightingale and the Rose
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About Kate Flint

About the Editor
Kate Flint is University Lecturer in Victorian and Modern English Literature and Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford. She is the author of The Woman Reader 1837-1914 (OUP, 1993), and has edited the World's Classics editions of Dickens's Great Expectations, Woolf's Jacob's Room, and Trollope's Can You Forgive Her?.
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