Introduction: Exploring the Hinterland of Victorian Fiction; Daragh Downes and Trish Ferguson.- Chapter 2. Prize Novelists and Condensed Novels: Thackeray and Bret Harte; Michael Slater.- Chapter 3. Before New Grub Street: Thomas Miller and the Contingencies of Authorship; Adam Abraham.- Chapter 4. Emboldening the Weak: the Early Fiction of James Anthony Froude; Ciaran Brady.- Chapter 5. George Borrow: The Scholar, The Gipsy, The Priest; Monika Mazurek.- Chapter 6. Sensation Fiction as Social Activism: Charles Reade's It Is Never Too Late to Mend and Felicia Skene's Hidden Depths; Elizabeth Andrews.- Chapter 7. Sheer Luck, Holmes? Clues towards Canon Formation in Victorian Detective Fiction; Daragh Downes.- Chapter 8. Politics of the Strange and Unusual: Mesmerism and the Medical Professional in Mary Elizabeth Braddon's `Dr Carrick' (1878); Samantha J. M. Aliu.- Chapter 9. Silas K. Hocking, Her Benny, and the Poetics of the Prolific; Christopher Pittard.- Chapter 10. Henry Hawley Smart's The Great Tontine and the Art of Book-making; Trish Ferguson.- Chapter 11. Performative Politics and Gendered Geography in Fin-de-Siecle Popular Fiction; Ailise Bulfin.- Chapter 13. Dat Cura Commodum or A Portrait of a Deviant Mind: Arthur Griffiths's The Rome Express, John Milne's `The Express Series' and Late Victorian Detective Fiction; Paul Raphael Rooney.- Bibliography.-
Trish Ferguson is Senior Lecturer in the English Department of Liverpool Hope University, UK. She is the author of Thomas Hardy's Legal Fictions (2013) and the editor of Victorian Time: Technologies, Standardizations, Catastrophes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Daragh Downes is a Teaching Fellow in English and German at Trinity College Dublin. His chief English research interest is Charles Dickens and his milieu.