I thought I'd introduce
you to two stories from the 1840's.
The first is Violet
Hamilton and is in fifteen parts and extracted from Tait's Edinburgh
Magazine in pdf format.
Part 1 |
Part 2 |
Part 3 | Part 4 |
Part 5 |
Part 6 |
Part 7 | Part 8
Part 9 |
Part 10 |
Part 11 |
Part 12 |
Part 13 |
Part 14 |
Magazine was a monthly periodical founded in 1832. It was an
important venue for liberal political views, as well as contemporary
cultural and literary developments, in early-to-mid-nineteenth
The magazine was founded by William Tait (1792–1864), the son of a
builder and an inheritor of a large fortune. Tait was an
"independent radical" in politics; he strongly favored the Whig
party. 1832 was a time of great political ferment, with the first
Reform Bill the dominant subject of discourse. Tait's periodical was
intended as a "Radical riposte" to "the politically revanchist but
culturally avant-garde Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine." Tait's
welcomed many new and unknown writers like Robert Nicoll, as well as
established voices like James Henry Leigh Hunt, and figures of
future fame like Harriet Martineau and John Stuart Mill.
From 1833 on, Tait's Magazine was a regular venue for the essays of
Thomas De Quincey. De Quincey's series of biographical essays on the
Lake Poets (later collected as Recollections of the Lake Poets) were
featured in Tait's between 1834 and 1840. Tait published a range of
other selections by De Quincey, including, somewhat surprisingly, "A
Tory's Account of Toryism, Whiggism and Radicalism" (December 1835,
January 1836). That article, however, was supplied with many
sarcastic footnotes disagreeing with its points — "objecting
foot-notes from the pen, presumably, of Tait himself."
In 1834 Tait's Magazine was combined with Johnstone's Edinburgh
Magazine, a liberal periodical started two years earlier by husband
and wife John Johnstone and Christian Isobel Johnstone. She was an
early feminist who wrote extensively for Tait's in the following
years, becoming the magazine's "chief contributor and director"
under William Tait himself. Christian Johnstone was "the first woman
to serve as paid editor of a major Victorian periodical," to which
she brought "fresh life and popularity." In the same year Alexander
Bailey Richmond took the magazine's London agents to court, for
reviewing a work calling Richmond a government spy: the defence was
Christian Johnstone died in 1857; Tait's Magazine ceased publication
I have found several
copies of Tait's Edinburgh Magazine which I've listed below. Each
volume averages around 800 pages.
The second is
Lochandhu and this is a 3 volume book...
This lake is much embellished by an ancient castle standing on an
island within it, and even yet entire, though roofless. As a
Highland castle, it is of considerable dimensions, and the island
being scarcely larger than its foundations, it appears to rise
immediately out of the water. It would not be easy to imagine a
wilder position than this, for a den of thieves and robbers, nor one
more thoroughly romantic. It is more like the things of which we
read in the novels of the Otranto School, than a scene of real life.
If ever you should propose to rival the Author of Waverley in that
line of art, I recommend you to choose part of your scene here. As I
lay on its topmost tower, amid the universal silence, while the
bright sun exalted the perfume from the woods around, and all the
old world visions and romances seemed to flit about its grey and
solitary ruins, I, too, felt as if I would have written a chapter
that might hereafter be worthy the protection of Minerva—the Minerva
of Leadenhall Street."
MacCulloch's Letters on the Highlands of Scotland.
Volume 1 |
Volume 2 |