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The Power of Lies, Transgression in Victorian Fiction

  • Published Date: Cornell University Press, 1994

John Kucich

altAlthough moral earnestness has long been considered characteristic of the Victorians, Professor Kucich maintains that English fiction in the nineteenth century was as interested in lies as in honesty. In this important book, Kucich explores the fascination with lying in novels by Anthony Trollope, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell, Ellen Wood, Thomas Hardy, and Sarah Grand.