A Novel Fact. Wood engraving. Punch, or the London Charivari (21 December 1867): 252. Click on image to enlarge it.
Old-fashioned Party (with old-fashioned prejudices: “Ah! very Clever, I dare say. But I see it’s written by a Lady, and I want a Book that my Daughters may read. Give me Something else!”
The cartoonist bases his joke upon women authors of sensation novels, such as Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Mrs. Henry Wood.
- The Victorian Sensation Novel, 1860-1880 — "preaching to the nerves instead of the judgment"
- Sensational Literature (The Reader December 1864)
- Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835-1915), Queen of the Sensation Novels (homepage)
- Mrs. Henry [Ellen] Wood, née Price (1814-1887) (homepage)
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