Primary works:

Lewis Carroll (1832—98), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (1871) in The Annotated Alice, ed. Martin Gardner (Penguin, 2001)

Oscar Wilde (1854—1900), The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), ed. Michael Patrick Gillespie (Norton Critical Edition, 2006)


Charles Dickens (1812—70), Bleak House (1852—3), ed. George Ford and Sylvère Monod (Norton Critical Edition, 1977 [in print])

George Eliot (1819—80), Middlemarch (1871—2), ed. Bert G. Hornback, 2nd edn (Norton Critical Edition, 2000)

Thomas Hardy (1840—1928), The Return of the Native (1878), ed. Phillip Mallett, 2nd edn (Norton Critical Edition, 2006)

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Nostromo (1904), ed. Véronique Pauly (Penguin, 2007)


Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809—92), In Memoriam A. H. H. (1850) ‘Prologue’ and 1, 7, 21, 34—35, 54—56, 95, 118, 124, 130.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61), 'Bertha in the Lane' (1844)

Robert Browning (1812-89), 'Caliban upon Setebos' (1864)

Matthew Arnold (1822—88), ‘Dover Beach’ (1867)

Christina Rossetti (1830—94), 'Goblin Market' (1862)

Rudyard Kipling (1865—1936), ‘The White Man’s Burden’, (1903), ‘If—’ (1910), ‘The Way Through the Woods’ (1910), ‘The Land’ (1917)

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844—89), ‘Pied Beauty’, ‘The Windhover’ (published posthumously, 1918)

A. E. Housman (1859—1936), ‘To an Athlete Dying Young’ and ‘Under Wenlock Edge the Wood’s in Trouble’ (A Shropshire Lad, 1896, nos XIX and XXXI)

All poems in Francis O'Gorman, ed., Victorian Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Blackwell, 2004) except Kipling's ‘The Land’ and the poems by Housman. Good texts of Kipling’s and Housman’s poems are in print (and widely anthologized), and are also available on LION Database.

Secondary literature:

Robin Gilmour, The Victorian Period: The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature, 1830—90 (Longman Literature In English Series) (Harlow: Longman, 1993), paperback

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