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A History of the Victorian Age Will Never Be Written


“A History of the Victorian Age Will Never be Written: We Know Too Much About It” — Strachey
Bethany Branch, January 16, 2009 and Gere Branch, February 2, 2009
Marcy G.

Listen to this booktalk as a two-part audio podcast: — Part 1   — Part 2

Obviously, Lytton Stachey [1880-1932] was wrong! Much has been written about the Victorian Age, both fiction and non-fiction. Here are just a few:


And Only to Deceive
by Tasha Alexander

Alias Grace
by Margaret Atwood

A Flaw in the Blood
by Stephanie Barron

The Alienist
by Caleb Carr

The Chili Queen
by Sandra Dallas

David Copperfield
by Charles Dickens

The Tea Rose
by Jennifer Donnelly

The World From Rough Stones
by Malcolm MacDonald

The Cater Street Hangman
by Anne Perry

A Christmas Journey
by Anne Perry

Sex Wars: A Novel of the Turbulent post-Civil War Period
by Marge Piercy

Silent in the Grave
by Deanna Raybourn

Some Danger Involved
by Will Thomas


Portrait of a Killer: Jack th Ripper
by Patricia Cornwell [364.152 Cor]

Victoria’s Daughters
by Jerrold Packer [942.081 Pac]

Life in Victorian England
by W.J. Reader [914.2 R221]

The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–And How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
by Stephen Johnson [616.932 Joh]

Yellow Jack: How Yellow Fever Ravaged America and Walter Reed Discovered its Deadly Secrets
by John R. Pierce and Jim Writer [616.918 Pie]

The Victorians
by A.N. Wilson [942.081 Wil]

Victorian London’s Middle-Class Housewife: What She Did All Day
by Yaffa Draznin [E-book]

The Decoration of Houses
by Edith Wharton *

* — Not owned by Lincoln City Libraries; ask about borrowing it through Interlibrary Loan!

For further Victorian Era mysteries, see our Murder By Gaslight booklist

For further Jack the Ripper materials, see our The Ripper booklist