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Tags19th century (371), fiction (241), victorian (214), history (171), woman (94), 20th century (81), 18th century (69), historical biography (54), kindle (54), literary criticism (44) — see all tags

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About meI run Victorian Secrets, a small publishing house dedicated to reviving the works of neglected nineteenth-century writers and making them available to the modern reader.

I'm also rearching a PhD on Florence Marryat.

About my libraryI need a bigger house! Thank goodness for the Kindle.

Groups18th-19th Century Britain, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Brighton and Hove, Graduate Students, It's a LondonThing, Persephone Readers, Poisonwood Bible: Fall 2008 Reading Group, Purely Programmers, Trollope lovers unite or fight, Victorianashow all groups

Favorite authorsPeter Ackroyd, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Gissing, Thomas Hardy, Christopher Hibbert, Kathryn Hughes, Florence Marryat, Lucy Moore, William Makepeace Thackeray, Claire Tomalin, Mrs. Henry Wood (Shared favorites)


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Member sinceFeb 4, 2007

Currently readingDombey and Son (English Library) by Charles Dickens
The Frock-Coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels: The Life and Times of the Original Champagne Socialist by Tristram Hunt
People from the Other Side: The Enigmatic Fox Sisters and the History of Victorian Spiritualism: A History of Spiritualism by Maurice Leonard
The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue
Boomerang: The Meltdown Tour by Michael Lewis
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Hi Catherine,

The thesis sounds very good - it is always interesting how you find a subject to write about, the way that it suddenly becomes apparent that here is something worth researching. Did Florence have a happy ending after such a terrible time ?(please say yes!).

I shall definitely want to hear about a new edition of 'A drama in Muslin' - even if my hand does hesitate over the 'm' rather than the 'n' :-)



p.s. I do love looking at the threads on your Facebook site - they often make me laugh out loud.
Hi Catherine,

I have been meaning to ask you what your Ph.D. title is? What made you choose Florence Marryat?

Cheers, Ruth

p.s. everytime I see the title 'A Drama in Muslin' I misread it as 'Muslim'...
thanks for the insight on Florence's illness, that really should of been included in the introduction.It gave a me a better understanding about the book.
I am one of the people who read all notes, footnotes, introductions and afterwords. There is so much information that one can learn from. They make someone like me who has no college, want to know more about the author and what was happening in that time period.

Please let me know when the Gissing and the Marryat will be published with your editing. I have been know to have the same book, by different publishers. I really like the Broadview Press editions the information that they include in their books are phenominal.
I know what you mean about politians. my wife is from St. Albans and when her uncles call, one always complain about the politics and the other just moans about a pint on the Isle of Wright is now 2pounds20.
take care
Hi Catherine,

The cat and the Lace Collar in Cranford is an absolute classic! Not only is it funny but it demonstrates the value placed upon lace as well as discussing some of the methods used for 'cleaning' lace. You wouldn't believe some of the recipes (or maybe I should say receipts)for lace cleaning...

Zola's book The Ladies Paradise was based upon lengthy research of the Parisian department store The Mon Marche. He used to study his wife's catalogues of the goods on offer as well as visiting both the front of house and the hidden areas such as the worker's canteen, living quarters etc. A great read.

I don't even dabble any more in academia, the break was final, although I am still in touch with a number of my ex-colleagues and former students. Now that I live in York I have been able to join the Yorkshire Philosophical Society and the York Bibliographical Society and combined with the wonderful LibraryThing I have plenty of stimulus. Working for yourself is also pretty challenging to say the least.

Best wishes

Hi Catherine

Thank you for marking my library interesting. I know it was a long time ago now, but I was in the latter stages of pregnancy and not doing much on LibraryThing so I didn't realise for a while. Now my son is 9 and a half months old I am catching up. I hope your PhD is going well. My husband did one in conceptual art and I know how much work it involves! I stopped at MA level as it was too much like hard work.

Best wishes

claire (mcnorton)
Hi Catherine,

I was in the lucky position of receiving funding from Nottingham Trent University in order to do my Ph.D - the only issues being that I had to catalogue their lace collection and that the theme of my thesis should it some way relate to lace. My background is design history (specialising in Fashion & Textiles) and so while this was undoubtedly a new challenge it was related to my area of knowledge. The title of the thesis was 'Lilies & Lace: An Investigation into the Relationship Between Hand and Machine-Made Lace through Fashionable Middle-Class Consumption 1851 - 1887' give or take a word or two! The two key area of my research was the lace itself, not the pristine examples on show in a museum but lace that showed evidence of having been used and Victorian literature. Mrs Gaskell's novels have a lot of references to lace, as do Mrs Oliphant's stories. The use of literature was invaluable for looking at how people felt about lace, the value that they placed upon it etc. Zola's novel 'The Ladies Paradise' was also excellent for research about the selling, buying and even stealing of lace....... ahhhhh, sorry to go on. It has been absolutely ages since I have talked to anyone about the Ph.D and I have got a little carried away.

Best wishes

Hi Catherine,

I have seen that you are working on your PhD, if it doesn't seem too presumptuous of me can I suggest a book that I found to be really helpful? It is called 'How to Get a PhD' by Estelle Phillips and Derek S Pugh. It was not so much about the everyday nuts and bolts of a PhD that I found useful as the discussions on the myriad of emotions that you go through ...

Anyway, Good Luck with everything!

Best Wishes

Ruth (Indigo-silk)
Hi Catherine!

My dissertation is yet to be completely defined (!) -- I'm working toward my pre-lims now. But I'm interested in definitions of kinship and shifts in family/household in the 19th-C novel. And also, it seems, am miserably behind you when it comes to # of books!

I've never read any Florence Marryat. Intrigued...

Hi Catherine, Just the let you know, on Valancourt books web site, in their forcoming section is 'Blood of the Vampire" by Florence Marryat. bob
Hello, I havent read ' manners' I don't know why, it seems I have been focusing on her lesser know novels. I'll add it to that ever growing TBR pile. I can just imagine what your TBR pile must look like.
take care,
Hello Catherine, Thanks for the information. I can't believe I haven't read anything by her. She sounds like my cup of tea. When I read Fanny Trollope's Jessie Philips'. I remember thinking she was writing a novel that I felt was before it's time. What a great book.
I wish you the best in your pursuit of your PHD.
thanks again,
Hello Catherine I noticed you have added an author that I'm not familiar with, florence Marryat. Can you give me any infomation on her, they definately look like an author I would like to read.
Hi Catherine, I recently discovered your blog, Victorian Geek, and added it to my reader. I definitely like the contents (of course I do), but the design is really awesome. It is one of the best-looking blogs I have come across.
Ahoy me Hearty!

The “Pirate Riddles of the Seven Seas” and “Who Wants to Be a Buccaneer?” Quizzes start this Sunday 2nd November at 8.00pm (GMT).

Be sure to check in every day if you want to win at:

- Yer First Mate, The Piratical Tortoise
Hi Catherine,

Here is the link to the "Pirate" book, in case you haven't seen it.

Hope all is going well on the MA dissertation.

- TT
Well, I'm embarassed.

The cheap little book that I picked up for a few bucks and recommended to you apparently costs up to $500 now on book sites (yikes!):

Life in London: Or, day and night scenes of Jerry Hawthorne

The good news is that Google books has it available for download for free. That's a much better price in my book (no pun intended).


Just a small but friendly welcome to The Poisonwood Bible Book Group. We are *so glad* you joined us! Each Monday or Tuesday I try to post new links and updates for the group to enjoy; so keep an eye out as I have a very special post later tonight.

Since you are into Victoriana, you might enjoy browsing my library. Of particular interest is: Life in London, a particularly cheap book, with MAPS! Very interesting to those of us who like to study other cultures. Do drop by when you have a minute.


Hello Catherine,

I am delighted that you have joined our reading group.

Best wishes for completing your MA dissertation. Victorian studies sounds like a fascinating subject. I love the Victorian writers. Hope all goes well. Be sure to let me know.

The Poisonwood Bible is a very interesting read and we have a very enthusiastic group, which has made it very enjoyable.

Hello Catherine,

I see we share 103 books and I have also read many others that you have in your library that I do not now own. (See my profile) We are planning a Group read of “A Pirate of Exquisite Mind” starting on 3rd November 2008. As we have similar tastes I would like to invite you to join this Group and to participate in the Group read.

Your participation would be welcomed and appreciated.

Ooh, I see you belong to a Persephone Books group - I shall have to join that, I love Persephone! Their books are my favoured beach reading (except that I wouldn't read them on the beach in case they got sand stains!)
Hi Catherine, I stumbled across your library because you and I are the only LT users to have a copy of 'The New Woman and other emancipated woman plays'. And lo! You are another Victorian-o-phile! I'm also studying for an MA in Victorian Studies. Where are you?

Hi, thanks for the "Interesting Libraries" linkage.
(Nice little website you've got there....)

Hello, Catherine,

I hope the year is going well for you. I was happy to learn of "Victorian Secrets" from the link to its website you provide on your LT profile. I have long thought I'd read something by Charles Reade, and I see that among the forthcoming titles is "Peg Woffington." And I'd like to try a novel by Margaret Oliphant, too (I wonder if that company will be reprinting any of her things). I have read Elizabeth Gaskell's "Cranford" with pleasure; can you suggest the next of hers I should read?

Best regards,
Steven (bozbuff)
Hi Catherine,
Not only have I read "Family Fortunes," I did so in graduate school studying British marriage law/social reform! Until I switched my fields, I had performed in-depth studies of the 1860's married women's property reform bill and the criminal law amendment act of 1885. In the end, I turned in a thesis on married women's wills in southwestern Mississippi from 1840 through 1919. All of these papers are 10+ years old and the research has likely been superceded, but you're welcome to take a look at them at my website:
I've got a bibliography of articles you may be interested in as well located here:

As for the book storage, wall space is at a premium at our house and we're going to have to either figure out a way to put in more bookshelves or else--horrors--weed the collection!!
Hello Catherine,

I see we share several wonderful titles, including Tosh's "A Man's Place" but you're lacking my favorite and perhaps the book most influential on me in grad school: Patricia Jalland's "Women, Marriage, and Politics, 1864-1914."

I enjoy re-reading it every year or so and I recommend it highly.

Best of luck with your studies!!

Thank you, Catherine! Actually, one of my favorite supernatural novels, Dorothy Macardle's 'The Uninvited' (1942), is a wonderful tale of a maternal haunting with a twist.
Hi Catherine, Thanks for adding me to your interesting library list. I wish you luck with your M.A. That is something I wish I was able to do. I've been looking at you library and notice that I left Mrs. Henry Woods off my list of favorite.
Take care,
Dear Catherine,

I can see you have a beautiful and discriminating library in Victorian literature. My interests coincide with yours.

Thank you for including our library on your interesting library list.

hi again. :) I've never read The Law & The Lady, but no doubt your shuffling about the house would fit well into a Collins novel. (bonus points if you've a shocking secret to keep buried in your sordid past.)

speaking of Collins, a few months back I read one of his later novellas (The Haunted Hotel). as you said, it wasn't one of his greats, but it was entertaining. there's a particularly gruesome scene with a severed head. ah, Victorian grossness at its finest.

my all-time favorite sensation novel is probably Lady Audley's Secret, though The Woman in White runs in a dead heat. I'm also quite partial to Louisa May Alcott's sensation stories. there are two collections: Behind a Mask & A Marble Woman, plus one other novel. A Marble Woman is my favorite of the collections. I don't know if you're into American lit, but you should give them a try when you're feeling up to juicier language. :)
I'd only read one review and that was decent. It's a pet subject of mine so wanted to add it to the shelf.

The Christian Wolmar bok was on my Christmas wish list, received it, and is my next non-fiction read.

I won't waffle on as you've got so much on your plate at the moment, but wish you all the very best particularly with your back. All my sympathy!!
As the only other person listed to have Jerry White's 'London in the nineteenth century' I'd be interested in your opinion of the book. I particularly enjoyed the first half - the ever-increasing transport network, the demolition of everything 'old', the chapters on vice/prostitution etc. I flagged towards the end, perhaps having read much already on working-class agitation and radicalism of the first half of the century.

Michael Faber in his 'The Crimson Petal and the White'novel must have researched in the British Library along the same lines.
I don't usually leave random comments in strangers' libraries, but I'll make an exception for you & your lovely Victorian lit collection. oh my. I'm envious! I wish I had the money (and excuse) to flesh out my collection like you have yours. Victorian lit is one of my two favorite genres, especially sensation fiction (I also love 18-19th century gothics) so I'm especially jealous of all those Collins & Braddon & Mrs Wood novels. hehe.

I've also added three more books to my amazon wishlist. thanks for the inspiration...I think. :P

Greetings from Indiana, Catherine. You're even newer to LibraryThing than I am (by a few days) but have catalogued as many books as I have already! One of my tags is "London" -- my favorite city in the world. Dickens is my favorite author (see my profile). Cheers, bozbuff.
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