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Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing

Catherine J. Golden

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033792
eISBN:
9780813039336
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033792.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Although “snail mail” may seem old fashioned and outdated in the twenty-first century, this book argues that the creation of the Penny Post in Victorian England was just as revolutionary in its time ... More


Introduction

Catherine J. Golden

in Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033792
eISBN:
9780813039336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033792.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book returns to the historical moment in Victorian Britain before the invention of the telegraph and the telephone and just at the opening of the Great Western Railway in 1838, a service which ... More


Unwanted Missives and the Spread of Vice “Curious Tings,” Slander, and Blackmail from Household Words to the Fiction of George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Anthony Trollope

Catherine J. Golden

in Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033792
eISBN:
9780813039336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033792.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the negative impact of increased cheap correspondence. Harmful outcomes include the rise of unwanted and clandestine missives and indecent, indecipherable, and inappropriate ... More


Signed, Sealed, Delivered Mulreadies, Caricatures, and the Penny Black

Catherine J. Golden

in Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033792
eISBN:
9780813039336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033792.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter begins on the historic day of January 10, 1840, when the Penny Post was extended to the entire nation. It focuses on the reception and significance of two innovations that accompanied ... More


Why the Victorians Needed a Revolution in Letter Writing

Catherine J. Golden

in Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033792
eISBN:
9780813039336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033792.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter looks at postal reform stories that appear, for example, in Rowland Hill's pivotal 1837 pamphlet Post Office Reform: Its Importance and Practicability, reports from the Mercantile ... More


‘Welcome and Appeal for the “Maid of Dundee”’: Constructing the Female Working-Class Bard in Ellen Johnston’s Correspondence Poetry, 1862–1867

Suz Garrard

in Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s-1900s: The Victorian Period

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781474433907
eISBN:
9781474465120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474433907.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter explores the significant role of the press in the cultivation of class-based networks of female readers. The essay takes for its focus the Scottish poet Ellen Johnston’s (c.1830–74) ... More


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