Earlier this month, the Reynolds Society took to the BAVS 2022 stage in the hopes of convincing a room of Victorianists that our discipline needs G. W. M. Reynolds. One of only five single author panels at the conference (Reynolds shared this honour with Dickens, Gaskell, Hardy, and James), the Society’s roundtable established Reynolds’s place … More The G. W. M. Reynolds Society at BAVS 2022
By: David Dixon The early life of G. W. M Reynolds is shrouded in mystery, despite the efforts of a small but dedicated cadre of scholars, researchers, and enthusiasts. A conspicuous dearth of primary sources, including personal papers and family correspondence are one reason why the best-selling English novelist of the Victorian era remains an … More Radical Rakes: The Friendship of G. W. M. Reynolds and Hugh Forbes
By: Anna Gasperini When I ask myself about how I got to study George W. M. Reynolds and his work, I think the most appropriate answer would be: I took the scenic route. This being Reynolds, of course, ‘scenic’ means dark and labyrinthine. In my case, it started from an interest in Victorian literature, in … More Follow the Bodies: A Scenic Route from The Mysteries of London to the Medical Humanities.
By: Hayley Braithwaite On Saturday 7th November 1846, the first seven pages of G. W. M. Reynolds’s Wagner, The Wehr-Wolf, could be purchased for one penny. Serialised in Reynolds’s Miscellany of Romance, General Literature, Science, and Art, the text appeared weekly for nine months alongside a variety of articles, essays, and advertisements edited (and often … More Collectible Reynolds: Pennies to (Thousands of) Pounds
By: Rob Breton Recently I published a book called The Penny Politics of Victorian Popular Fiction with Manchester University Press. It’s on the turn towards the politicization of fiction in the 1840s and begins by looking at Newgate Calendars and fiction (mostly Jack Sheppard), productions coming out of Edward Lloyd’s operations (such as Sweeney Todd), … More Writing on Reynolds
By: Mukaram Irshad Naqvi With the crowning of Queen Victoria as Empress of India in the year 1877, the British Empire set its foot firmly in India, taking over from the British East India Company. The interactions between the English and Indian cultures started to grow, especially in the field of literature. During the 1880s, … More Reynolds In Translation
By Emily Violet Richardson I was delighted to have received an email at the beginning of this year asking if I would like to contribute a piece for the fabulous G.W.M. Reynolds Society blog. I am sure none of us need to be reminded of how profoundly undercelebrated Reynolds is, but nonetheless, I feel privileged … More The Eyes Have It: Voyeurism and Violence in Reynolds’s Gothic
I am thrilled to be able to take on the role of PGR Representative for the G.W.M. Reynolds Society. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Mary Shannon and Jenny Conary for their help and advice during the handover period, as well as all those who have wished me good luck over … More Introductory Blog from Hayley Braithwaite, PGR Rep
Reynolds’ association with Chartism is well known, but Chris Anderson asks whether there was a hidden side to it. In the revolutionary year of 1848, Reynolds made a dramatic public debut as a spokesman at the initial disturbances in Trafalgar Square on March 6th, which led onto a couple of nights of rioting in the … More Lord Stanley’s diary and the riddle of Reynolds.