Ferguson, Trish (2016) Henry Hawley Smart’s The Great Tontine and the Art of Book-Making. In: Victorian Fiction beyond the Canon. Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth Century Writing and Culture . Palgrave, Basingstoke. (Accepted for Publication)Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)
Although relatively neglected by the periodical press, Henry Hawley Smart’s fiction was reviewed in an unlikely forum, Chance and Luck (1887) in which Richard A. Proctor sought to demonstrate the immorality of gambling. This chapter will not only examine Hawley Smart’s fiction in the context of contemporary debates about gambling but also with speculation in the literary marketplace at a time when Samuel Smiles suggested that a writer of popular literature could attain success essentially through making his own luck. This chapter argues literary publishing, like the tontine, is a lottery played for an indefinite stake and that underpinning the narrative of The Great Tontine is a self-reflexive preoccupation on writing strategically for the literary marketplace of the mid-nineteenth century.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Faculty / Department:||Faculty of Arts & Humanities > English|
|Depositing User:||Trish Ferguson|
|Date Deposited:||05 May 2016 16:23|
|Last Modified:||20 Feb 2017 14:42|
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