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Richard Marsh, popular fiction and literary culture, 1890-1915: Rereading the fin de siècle

Victoria Margree, Daniel Orrells, and Minna Vuohelainen


This collection of essays seeks to question the security of our assumptions about the fin de siècle by exploring the fiction of Richard Marsh, an important but neglected professional author. Richard Bernard Heldmann (1857–1915) began his literary career as a writer of boys’ fiction, but, following a prison sentence for fraud, reinvented himself as ‘Richard Marsh’ in 1888. Marsh was a prolific and popular author of middlebrow genre fiction including Gothic, crime, humour, romance and adventure, whose bestselling Gothic novel The Beetle: A Mystery (1897) outsold Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Building o ... More

Keywords: Bernard Heldmann, Richard Marsh, Fin de siècle, Popular fiction, Literary culture, Middlebrow, Gothic, Crime, Gender, Critical theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526124340
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526124340.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victoria Margree, editor
Principal Lecturer in the Humanities at the University of Brighton

Daniel Orrells, editor
Reader in Ancient Literature and Its Reception at King's College London

Minna Vuohelainen, editor
Lecturer in English at City, University of London

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1 Introduction

Victoria Margree, Daniel Orrells and Minna Vuohelainen

Part I Richard Marsh and topical discourses of crime

Part II Richard Marsh, masculinity and money

Part III Richard Marsh and the imperial Gothic

Part IV Richard Marsh and object relations

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