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date: 12 November 2018

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This chapter evaluates the market for the English novel at the end of the 1820s. It considers the dramatic increase in prices of novels in the later 1820s, as well as the emergence of the ‘triple-decker’ as the publishers’ preferred format for prose fiction and the single-volume arrangement as the principal format for cheap reprints. It also discusses the contribution of Sir Walter Scott to the growing market for novels and explores trends such as authors and publishers taking advantage of the commercial aspects of the novel-publishing business; the inclusion of the words ‘tale’ or ‘tales’ in many more titles than the word ‘novel’; the publication of fiction in serial form; and the appearance of new-style journals in the mould of Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine. The chapter argues that the decade of the 1820s was a turning-point in the process which it calls the making of the English novel.

Keywords: English novel, prices, triple-decker, prose fiction, Sir Walter Scott, publishing, journals, serial form

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