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Slow PrintLiterary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture$
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Elizabeth Carolyn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804784085

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804784085.001.0001

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The Black and White Veil

The Black and White Veil

Shaw, Mass Print Culture, and the Antinovel Turn

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(p.82) Chapter 2 The Black and White Veil
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804784085.003.0003

This chapter focuses on the radical turn against the realist novel at the end of the nineteenth century, which was also a turn against the literary mass market in its most developed mode. Against a broad account of the socialist turn against the novel, it examines George Bernard Shaw's four early novels, which were originally serialized in two 1880s socialist magazines, and his subsequent abandonment of the novelistic form in favor of the radical drama. During his early years in London, Shaw was a relentless contributor to the radical press, including his four novels. In later years he dismissed these “novels of his nonage,” but at the time the works were read and admired by the radical public. The novels' appearance are considered within a context of broad debate about the realist novel within the radical press, and looks at the careers of contemporary radical novelists such as C. Allen Clarke and Margaret Harkness.

Keywords:   realist novel, George Bernard Shaw, literary mass market, socialism, radical drama, radical press, C. Allen Clarke, Margaret Harkness

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