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date: 15 September 2019

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At the end of the nineteenth century, the coming of the cinema had a powerful impact not only on a number of writers but also on broader conceptions of literary representation. Connections with the turn-of-the-century short story were particularly marked, as in works by Rudyard Kipling, and H. G. Wells, and by less familiar writers, such as the American author J. Brander Matthews, whose story ‘The Kinetoscope of Time’ was published in 1895, the year in which the Lumière brothers gave the first public exhibition of their Cinématographe. This chapter explores early commentaries on the new medium of film as well as the entry of cinema into literary texts, including those by Wells, Joseph Conrad, and Virginia Woolf.

Keywords: early cinema, kinetoscope, Lumière brothers, Georges Méliès, realism, Kipling, Conrad, Virginia Woolf, cinema mind, Max Nordau

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