The Broadview Anthology of British Literature Volume 5: The Victorian Era – Second Edition
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781554810734 / 1554810736
  • 980 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

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The Broadview Anthology of British Literature Volume 5: The Victorian Era – Second Edition

  • Publication Date: January 12, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781554810734 / 1554810736
  • 980 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

In all six of its volumes The Broadview Anthology of British Literature presents British literature in a truly distinctive light. Fully grounded in sound literary and historical scholarship, the anthology takes a fresh approach to many canonical authors, and includes a wide selection of work by lesser-known writers. The anthology also provides wide-ranging coverage of the worldwide connections of British literature, and it pays attention throughout to issues of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. It includes comprehensive introductions to each period, providing in each case an overview of the historical and cultural as well as the literary background. It features accessible and engaging headnotes for all authors, extensive explanatory annotations, and an unparalleled number of illustrations and contextual materials. Innovative, authoritative and comprehensive, The Broadview Anthology of British Literature has established itself as a leader in the field.

The full anthology comprises six bound volumes, together with an extensive website component; the latter has been edited, annotated, and designed according to the same high standards as the bound book component of the anthology, and is accessible by using the passcode obtained with the purchase of one or more of the bound volumes.

For the second edition of this volume a number of changes have been made. Elizabeth Gaskell’s “Our Society at Cranford” has been added, as has Anthony Trollope’s “A Turkish Bath.” Charles Dickens is now represented with a number of short selections.

The selection of poems by D.G. Rossetti has been expanded considerably (the entire 1870 House of Life sequence is included), as has that by Michael Field. A selection of poems by two key figures who also appear in the anthology’s twentieth century volume (Thomas Hardy and W.B. Yeats) is also now included.

Several of the Contexts sections in the volume have been expanded—notably “The Place of Women in Society,” which now includes material concerning the Contagious Diseases Acts) and “Britain, Empire, and a Wider World,” which now includes a section on the Great Exhibition of 1851.

The volume will also include additional visual material—including four more pages of full color illustrations.

Inevitably, some selections have been dropped from the bound book; these will all remain available, however, on the anthology’s website component. The most significant change in that direction is Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. As well as remaining available on the website, that work—like Hard Times, Great Expectations, and approximately 100 other titles from the Victorian period, is available as a stand-alone volume in the Broadview Editions series, and may be added (at little or no additional cost to the student) in a shrink-wrapped combination package.


Praise for The Victorian Era:

“Victorian print culture in all its diversity is on display in this handsomely illustrated anthology. Indeed, the number of fresh illustrations makes this volume stand out from its competitors. Undergraduate students will find their expectations about fusty Victorians overturned by a little-known photograph of a grinning Queen Victoria on the first page of the introduction. Instructors will find their teaching options widened by useful contextual material and by the supplementary website, which includes extra primary and secondary material. The anthology’s selections amply represent canonical authors (often more fully than competing anthologies), but also include important works by women writers such as Grace Aguilar, Susanna Moodie, Mathilde Blind, Augusta Webster, Amy Levy, Charlotte Mew, and Vernon Lee. I am happy to recommend this volume to other instructors, and I look forward to using it in my undergraduate classrooms, where I expect students will enjoy and learn much from this wonderfully illustrated anthology of the always fascinating Victorians.” — Mary Elizabeth Leighton, University of Victoria

Comments on The Broadview Anthology of British Literature:

“ … sets a new standard by which all other anthologies of British Literature will now have to be measured.” — Graham Hammill, SUNY Buffalo

“With the publication of the Broadview Anthology of British Literature, teachers and students in survey and upper-level undergraduate courses have a compelling alternative to the established anthologies by Norton and Longman. … This is a very real intellectual, as well as pedagogical, achievement.” — Nicholas Watson, Harvard University

“ … an excellent anthology. Good selections for my purposes (including some nice surprises), just the right level of annotation, affordable—and a hit with my students. I will definitely use it again.” — Ira Nadel, University of British Columbia

NOTE: The online component of the anthology offers a substantial number of additional readings, edited to the same standards as the bound book. Online readings appear in the indented sections below; to download these readings, please follow the hyperlinks to the BABL online resources site and log in using your passcode.




    • A Growing Power
      Grinding Mills, Grinding Poverty
      Corn Laws, Potato Famine
      “The Two Nations”
      The Politics of Gender
      Faith and Doubt
      Victorian Domesticity
      Cultural Trends
      Cultural Identities
      The Victorian Novel
      Prose Non-Fiction and Print Culture
      The English Language in the Victorian Era
    • Anonymous, “The Steam Loom Weaver”
      from Elizabeth Bentley, Testimony before the 1832 Committee on the Labour of Children in Factories
      from Andrew Ure, The Philosophy of Manufactures
      from William Dodd, A Narrative of the Experience and Sufferings of William Dodd, a Factory Cripple, Written by Himself
      from Joseph Adshead, Distress in Manchester, Chapter 3: Narratives of Suffering
      Thomas Hood, “Song of the Shirt”
      from Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844, Chapter 3: The Great Towns
      from Reverend Sidney Godolphin Osborne, Letters of S.G.O.
      from Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton, Chapter 6
      from Charles Dickens, Hard Times, Chapter 5: The Key-Note
      from Henry Morley, “Ground in the Mill,” Household Words No. 213 [22 April 1854]
      from Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor, “Boy Crossing-Sweepers and Tumblers”
    • from Roughing It in the Bush
      • Introduction
        Chapter 15: The Wilderness, and our Indian Friends
        from Chapter 22: The Fire
    • IN CONTEXT: Sample of Susanna Moodie’s 1839 Correspondence
      • A “Crossed” Letter
    • from Life in the Clearings versus the Bush
      • Chapter 1: Belleville
        Chapter 7: Camp Meetings
        Chapter 8: Wearing Mourning for the Dead
    • from Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands
      • Chapter 1: My Birth and Parentage
        Chapter 8: I Long to Join the British Army Before Sebastopol
        Chapter 9: Voyage to Constantinople
        from Chapter 13: My Work in the Crimea
    • from Sarah Stickney Ellis, The Daughters of England: Their Position in Society, Character and Responsibilities
      from Anonymous, “Hints on the Modern Governess System,” Fraser’s Magazine (November 1844)
      from Harriet Taylor, The Enfranchisement of Women
      from Coventry Patmore, The Angel in the House
      from William Rathbone Greg, “Why Are Women Redundant?”
      from Frances Power Cobbe, “What Shall We Do with Our Old Maids?”
      from Eliza Lynn Linton, “The Girl of the Period,” Saturday Review (March 1868)
      from Frances Power Cobbe, “Criminals, Idiots, Women, and Minors,” Fraser’s Magazine (December 1868)
      May Probyn, “The Model” (
      from “Between School and Marriage,” The Girl’s Own Paper, Vol. 7 (4 September 1886)
      from Emma Brewer, “Our Friends the Servants,” The Girl’s Own Paper, Vol. 14 (25 March 1893)
      from Grant Allen, “Plain Words on the Woman Question,” Fortnightly Review 46 (October 1889)
      from Sarah Grand, “The New Aspect of the Woman Question,” North American Review 158 (March 1894)
      from Mona Caird, “Does Marriage Hinder a Woman’s Self-Development?” Lady’s Realm (March 1899)
    • Prostitution and the Contagious Diseases Act (
      • Thomas Hood, “The Bridge of Sighs”
        from Henry Mayhew, “Labour and the Poor: The Metropolitan Districts,” The Morning Chronicle (1849)
        from W.R. Greg, “Prostitution,” Westminster Review (January 1850)
        from The Contagious Diseases Act
        from Harriet Martineau, “The Contagious Diseases Acts – II,” Daily News (29 December 1869)
        from Josephine Butler, Personal Reminiscences of a Great Crusade
        from Josephine Butler, Some Thoughts on the Present Aspect of the Crusade Against the State Regulation of Vice
        from Sarah Grand, The Beth Book
    • Mariana
      The Palace of Art
      The Lady of Shalott
      The Lotos-Eaters
      The Epic [Morte d’Arthur]
      Morte d’Arthur
      [Break, break, break]
      Locksley Hall
      from The Princess
      • [Sweet and Low]
        [The Splendour Falls]
        [Tears, Idle Tears]
        [Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal]
        [Come Down, O Maid]
        [The Woman’s Cause Is Man’s]
    • Maud (
      In Memoriam A.H.H.
      The Eagle
      The Charge of the Light Brigade
      from Idylls of the King (
      • The Holy Grail
    • [Flower in the Crannied Wall]
      Crossing the Bar
      IN CONTEXT: Images of Tennyson
      • from Thomas Carlyle, Letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson (5 August 1844)
    • IN CONTEXT: Victorian Images of Arthurian Legend
      IN CONTEXT: Crimea and the Camera
      • Roger Fenton, Selected Photographs
    • from The Voyage of the Beagle
      • from Chapter 10: Tierra del Fuego
        from Chapter 17: Galapagos Archipelago
    • IN CONTEXT: Images from The Beagle
      from On the Origin of Species
      • Introduction
        from Chapter 3: Struggle for Existence
        from Chapter 14: Recapitulation and Conclusion
    • from The Descent of Man
      • from Chapter 19: Secondary Sexual Characters of Man
        from Chapter 21: General Summary and Conclusion
    • IN CONTEXT: Defending and Attacking Darwin
      • from Thomas Huxley, “Criticisms on The Origin of Species
        from Thomas Huxley, “Mr. Darwin’s Critics”
        from Punch
    • IN CONTEXT: Darwin and Human Societies
      • from Herbert Spencer, Social Statics: or, the Conditions Essential to Human Happiness Specified, and the First of Them Developed
    • from Charlotte Mary Yonge, “A Scene in the Early Life of the May Family”
      from Thomas Hughes, “After the Match,” Tom Brown’s Schooldays
      from Charles Kingsley, “Tom’s Life as a Water Baby”
      from Thomas Hood, “London Street Boys: Being a Word About Arabia Anglicana,” The Boy’s Own Volume of Facts, Fiction, History, and Adventure
      from Austin Q. Hagerman, “Never Sulk,” The Child’s Own Magazine
      from Charles Darwin, A Biographical Sketch of an Infant
      from Walter Pater, The Child in the House
      from Hilaire Belloc, The Bad Child’s Book of Beasts
      • Introduction
        The Big Baboon
        The Frog
    • Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit
      from Rudyard Kipling, “How the Camel Got His Hump,” Just So Stories for Little Children
      from Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
      • Chapter 3: Marilla Cuthbert is Surprised
    • from Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
      • Chapter 1: The River Bank
    • Past, Present, and Future: A Sketch
      The Hebrew’s Appeal
      The Wanderers
    • Remembrance
      Plead for Me
      The Old Stoic
      My Comforter
      [Loud without the wind was roaring]
      [A little while, a little while]
      [Shall Earth no more inspire thee]
      [No coward soul is mine]
      [The night is darkening round me]
      [I’m happiest when most away]
      [If grief for grief can touch thee]
    • Roger Fenton, “Proposal for the Formation of a Photographic Society”
      from Charles Dickens, “Photography,” Household Words, Vol. 7 (1853)
      Photography and Immortality
      • from Elizabeth Barrett, Letter to Mary Russell Mitford
        from Sir Frederick Pollock, “Presidential Address,” Photographic Society
    • Selected Photographs
    • Epi-strauss-ium
      To spend uncounted years of pain
      from Amours de Voyage
      • Canto 1
    • The Latest Decalogue
      “There is no God,” the Wicked Saith
      Qui Laborat, Orat
      Is it true, ye gods, who treat us
      In the Great Metropolis
      That there are powers above us I admit
      Seven Sonnets on the Thought of Death
      Duty—that’s to say complying
      Easter Day
      Easter Day II
      Recent English Poetry
      IN CONTEXT: Letters from Arthur Clough and Matthew Arnold
    • The Forsaken Merman
      Isolation. To Marguerite
      To Marguerite—Continued
      The Buried Life
      The Scholar-Gipsy
      Stanzas from The Grande Chartreuse
      Dover Beach
      East London
      West London
      Preface to the First Edition of Poems
      from The Function of Criticism at the Present Time
      from Culture and Anarchy
      • from Chapter 1: Sweetness and Light
    • A Plea for Emigration
      IN CONTEXT: A Plea for Emigration
      • from Harriet Martineau, Society in America
        from Frederick Douglass, Life of an American Slave
        from William H. Smith, Smith’s Canadian Gazetteer
        from The Fugitive Slave Act (1850)
        from The Provincial Freeman, 24 March 1854
    • from Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
      • from Chapter 4
    • from Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton
      • from Chapter 37
    • from Anthony Trollope, The Warden
      • from Chapter 3
        from Chapter 5
    • from George Eliot, “Evangelical Teaching: Dr. Cumming” (Westminster Review, October 1855)
      from Anthony Trollope, Doctor Thorne
      • from Chapter 32: Mr. Oriel
    • from Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown at Oxford
      • from Chapter 11: Muscular Christianity
    • from Arthur Hugh Clough, Dipsychus
      • “There is No God,” the Wicked Saith
    • from John Henry Newman, Apologia pro vita sua
      • from Chapter 5: The Position of My Mind Since 1845
    • from Samuel Smiles, Character
      • from Chapter 7: Duty—Truthfulness
    • from Anthony Trollope, The Way We Live Now
      • from Chapter 22: Lord Nidderdale’s Morality
        from Chapter 60: Miss Longestaffe’s Lover
    • from Goldwin Smith, “Can Jews Be Patriots?” (The Nineteenth Century, May 1878)
      from Amy Levy, Reuben Sachs
      • from Chapter 7
        from Chapter 8
    • from Thomas Huxley, “Agnosticism and Christianity”
      from Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure
      • from Part 3, Chapter 4
    • A Woman’s Question
      The Cradle-Song of the Poor
      A Legend of Bregenz
      The Lesson of the War, 1855
      A Lost Chord
      A Woman’s Answer
      A Woman’s Last Word
      An Appeal
      The Jubilee of 1850
      A Desire
      The Church in 1849
      The Homeless Poor
    • Modern Love
      Ode to the Spirit of Earth in Autumn
      The Lark Ascending
    • The Blessed Damozel
      The Woodspurge
      My Sister’s Sleep
      Sibylla Palmifera
      Lady Lilith
      Mary Magdalene at the Door of Simon the Pharisee
      from Sonnets and Songs, Towards a Work to Be Called “The House of Life”
      • 1: Bridal Birth
        2: Love’s Redemption
        3: Lovesight
        4: The Kiss
        5: Nuptial Sleep
        6: Supreme Surrender
        7: Love’s Lovers
        8: Passion and Worship
        9: The Portrait
        10: The Love-Letter
        11: The Birth-Bond
        12: A Day of Love
        13: Love-Sweetness
        14: Love’s Baubles
        15: Winged Hours
        16: Life-in-Love
        17: The Love-Moon
        18: The Morrow’s Message
        19: Sleepless Dreams
        20: Secret Parting
        21: Parted Love
        22: Broken Music
        23: Death-in-Love
        24; 25; 26; 27: Willowwood
        28: Stillborn Love
        29: Inclusiveness
        30: Known in Vain
        31: The Landmark
        32: A Dark Day
        33: The Hill Summit
        34: Barren Spring
        35; 36; 37: The Choice
        38: Hoarded Joy
        39: Vain Virtues
        40: Lost Days
        41: Death’s Songsters
        42: “Retro Me, Sathana!”
        43: Lost on Both Sides
        44: The Sun’s Shame
        45: The Vase of Life
        46: A Superscription
        47: He and I
        48; 49: Newborn Death
        50: The One Hope
        Song 1: Love-Lily
        Song 2: First Love Remembered
        Song 3: Plighted Promise
        Song 4: Sudden Light
        Song 5: A Little While
        Song 6: The Song of the Bower
        Song 7: Penumbra
        Song 8: The Woodspurge
        Song 9: The Honeysuckle
        Song 10: A Young Fir-Wood
        Song 11: The Sea-Limits
    • Silent Noon
      [A Sonnet is a moment’s monument]
      The Burden of Nineveh (
      Hand and Soul (
      The Orchard Pit (
      IN CONTEXT: The Pre-Raphaelites (
      • from William Michael Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, His Family Letters, with a Memoir by William Michael Rossetti
        • from Chapter 13: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
      • from John G. Millais, The Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais
        Charles Dickens, “Old Lamps for New Ones”
        from Reviews of the Royal Academy Show, The Times, 3 May, 7 May 1851
        from John Ruskin, Letters to The Times, 13 May, 26 May 1851
    • IN CONTEXT: The “Fleshly School” Controversy
      • from Robert Buchanan, “The Fleshly School of Poetry: Mr. D.G. Rossetti”
        from Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Stealthy School of Criticism
    • Goblin Market
      IN CONTEXT: Illustrating Goblin Market
      A Triad
      A Birthday
      After Death
      An Apple-Gathering
      Winter: My Secret
      “No, Thank You, John”
      A Pause of Thought
      Song (“She sat and sang alway”)
      Song (“When I am dead, my dearest”)
      Dead Before Death
      Monna Innominata
      In an Artist’s Studio
      Promises like Pie-Crust
      In Progress
      Sleeping at Last
    • Verses Recited by Humpty Dumpty
      IN CONTEXT: “Jabberwocky”
      • from Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
        • from Chapter 1: Looking-Glass House
          from Chapter 6: Humpty Dumpty
    • IN CONTEXT: The Photographs of Lewis Carroll
    • The Russian Student’s Tale
      A Mother’s Dream
    • God’s Grandeur
      The Wreck of the Deutschland
      The Windhover: To Christ Our Lord
      Pied Beauty
      Felix Randal
      Spring and Fall: To a Young Child
      [As kingfishers catch fire]
      [No worst, there is none]
      [I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day]
      [Not, I’ll not, carrion comfort]
      That Nature Is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection
      [Thou art indeed just, Lord ]
      IN CONTEXT: The Growth of “The Windhover”
      from Journal 1870–74
      • [“Inscape” and “Instress”]
    • from Letter to Robert Bridges (25 February 1879)
      Author’s Preface
    • Maids, Not to You My Mind Doth Change
      The Magdalen
      Saint Sebastian
      La Gioconda
      A girl
      It was deep April, and the morn
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      [Sometimes I do despatch my heart]
      [She mingled me rue and roses]
      [Our myrtle is in flower]
      [When I grow old]
      To Christina Rossetti
      Nests in Elms
      The Mummy Invokes His Soul
      Old Ivories
      Ebbtide at Sundown
      Power in Silence
      Where the Blessed Feet Have Trod
    • from The Story of an African Farm
      from Part 2, Chapter 1: Times and Seasons
    • The Virgin of the Seven Daggers
      Prince Alberic and the Snake Lady
      from The Handling of Words
      • Chapter 3: Aesthetics of the Novel
        from Chapter 5
        • Section C: Carlyle and the Present Tense
      • from Chapter 6
        • Section A: Meredith
          Section B: Kipling
          Section C: Stevenson
          Section D: Hardy
      • Chapter 8: Can Writing Be Taught?
    • The Adventure of the Speckled Band
    • Xantippe
      To Lallie
      A London Plane-Tree
      London in July
      “Ballade of an Omnibus”
      London Poets: (In Memoriam)
      The Old House
      The Last Judgment
      Cambridge in the Long
      To Vernon Lee
    • Ephemera
      The Lake Isle of Innisfree
      Into the Twilight
      The Secret Rose
      He Remembers Forgotten Beauty
      The Travail of Passion
    • “Michael Field”
      • From Baudelaire
        The Poet
    • John Davidson
      • A Northern Suburb
    • Constance Naden
      • Illusions
    • Ernest Dowson
      • Nuns of the Perpetual Adoration
        To One in Bedlam
    • Lionel Johnson
      • Plato in London
        The Dark Angel
        The Darkness
    • The Farmer’s Bride
      Madeleine in Church


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Monarchs and Prime Ministers of Great Britain

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Index of Authors and Titles

Our Editorial Team:
Joseph Black, University of Massachusetts
Leonard Conolly, Trent University
Kate Flint, University of Southern California
Isobel Grundy, University of Alberta
Roy Liuzza, University of Tennessee
Jerome McGann, University of Virginia
Anne Prescott, Barnard College
Barry Qualls, Rutgers University
Claire Waters, University of Virginia

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