|"These two figures crossed the floor diagonally." Illustration from Sheridan Le Fanu's "Mr. Justice Harbottle," Harper's Bazaar, February 1872. NYPL|
Catching up with the blog on the Wordsworth Editions website:
- David Stuart Davies discusses the career of Wilkie Collins: "Remarkably, The Moonstone received a somewhat cool reception from
the critics. Even Collins’s friend Dickens was of the opinion that,
‘The construction is wearisome beyond endurance, and there is a vein of
obstinate conceit in it that makes enemies of the readers.'"
- Stephen Carter examines the work of legendary Irish ghost story writer Sheridan Le Fanu: "Le Fanu’s reputation was crowded out of Victorian literature by his contemporaries, Dickens, Thackeray, Wilkie Collins, and the Brontës; all of whom he in some form influenced and whose sales he frequently rivalled."
I'm looking forward to Davies's upcoming post on Edgar Wallace.