Victorian Era

The Victorian era ranged roughly from 1837 (the coronation of Queen Victoria) until 1901 (Queen Victoria’s death). This era is known for its adherence to rules of decorum, its contradictory ideas about scientific progress and mysticism, and its works of fiction. Many novelists that are still famous today wrote during the Victorian Era.

This time period overlaps heavily with the Realist Movement and includes La Belle Époque. Novels and fiction written during this time were generally about as realistic as modern genre fiction — some were more heavily fantastical in nature than others. Modern idea of genre fiction also developed during this time period.

Examples of Victorian era authors include: Charles Dickens, Alfred Tennyson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne, George Eliot, the Brontës, Thomas Hardy, W.B. Yeats, William Thackeray, H.G. Wells, A.C. Doyle, Thoreau, Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Trollope, Anna Sewell, Rudyard Kipling, and Lewis Carroll.

This time is part of the 19th Century.

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The Open Door and Other Stories of the Seen and Unseen

19th Century

It’s surprising that her name seems mostly lost to time — like the grand majority female writers of the Victorian era. What makes it more of a tragedy in Oliphant’s case is that her work is quite good — even better than a lot of writers whose names I’ve seen on the more mainstream ghost story anthologies.