Mudie's Circulating Library


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Friends, Associates Dinah Mulock Craik
Their circle of friends included the critic and historian George Lillie Craik , Camilla Toulmin , John Westland Marston , Alexander Macmillan (the publisher), Charles Edward Mudie (founder of Mudie's Lending Library ), and the...
Publishing Annie S. Swan
Her papers are held at the University of Aberdeen , Edinburgh University , and Columbia University , New York, which holds both catalogued and uncatalogued correspondence by her in its collection of the papers...
Publishing Mary Elizabeth Braddon
MEB and her publisher (Simpkin, Marshall) locked horns with Mudie's Circulating Library on the issue of her final triple-decker, Sons of Fire; she had three unpublished one-volume novels in hand to meet the new...
Publishing Mary Augusta Ward
This quick release of an affordable edition left the big circulating library Mudie's (who on 27 June had announced with W. H. Smith a reduction in their standard payment for triple-deckers) with hundreds of expensive...
Publishing Anna Brassey
A frontispiece is a handsome picture of the steam yacht Sunbeam, under full sail. Longman initially printed one thousand copies priced at a guinea each; this whole print run was taken up by Mudie's Circulating Library
Publishing Mary Cholmondeley
Red Pottage sold 8,000 copies by November 1899, resulting a second edition of 10,000, which also sold out. Mudie's Library alone accounted for sales of 2,000 copies. Unfortunately MC did not reap the financial benefits...
Publishing Wilkie Collins
WC held firm on the title of his novel entitled The New Magdalen when Charles Mudie , proprietor of the influential circulating library, objected to it as indecorous; his objection laid the foundation for Collins's...
Publishing Dinah Mulock Craik
Dinah Mulock published her three-volume novel A Life for a Life anonymously, but her authorship was known. Mudie's Library carried 2,500 copies.
Athenæum. J. Lection.
1658 (1859): 173-4
Mitchell, Sally. Dinah Mulock Craik. Twayne.
Publishing George Eliot
George Henry Lewes persuaded Blackwood to undertake this unusual mode of publication, because Middlemarch was too long to fit the three-volume format which was by now the staple of the circulating library. They hoped to...
Reception Lucas Malet
Two things about this novel gave offence initially and had a long-term effect on its reputation: its treating the nasty
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
topic of deformity, and its involving the hero emotionally with three women (his mother as...
Reception Mary Russell Mitford
Mudie's Circulating Library took 400 copies. MRM was delighted that her book was so indulgently, so very warmly received.
Mitford, Mary Russell. The Life of Mary Russell Mitford: Told by Herself in Letters To Her Friends. Editor L’Estrange, Alfred Guy Kingham, Harper and Brothers.
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Reception Frances Power Cobbe
Benjamin Jowett wrote to Cobbe to praise this book, but felt that it was too much indebted to Theodore Parker . Public respondents included her friend Francis Newman . The book was reviewed widely—at times...
Reception Dinah Mulock Craik
DMC 's work reached immense numbers of people. It was a staple of Mudie 's and other circulating libraries . Her work was swiftly published in the US, and she had numerous titles (novels and...
Reception George Eliot
This work drew her first published review in the Times, which was highly appreciative and noted that the fictions were now claimed by Mr. George Eliot—a name unknown to us.
Carroll, David, editor. George Eliot: The Critical Heritage. Barnes and Noble.
The Saturday Review...
Reception Julia Kavanagh
In 1900 Mudie's Library stocked all of JK 's novels, but not until after the mid twentieth century did scholars cease to see her works chiefly as domestic, ladylike, and safe. Those who do mention...


1843: Charles Edward Mudie opened his first circulating...

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10 April 1858: An advertisement for Mudie's Circulating...

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10 April 1858

An advertisement for Mudie's Circulating Library boasted of its vast holdings of popular titles.

1883: George Moore, already a disciple of Zola,...

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George Moore , already a disciple of Zola , published his first, semi-autobiographicalnovel, A Modern Lover, in realist style.

By early November 1884: George Moore issued his second realist novel,...

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By early November 1884

George Moore issued his second realistnovel, A Mummer's Wife, through Henry Vizetelly after several rejections.

1894: Lucy Walford's The Matchmaker was published...

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Lucy Walford 's The Matchmaker was published as the last three-volume novel by Mudie's Circulating Library .

27 June 1894: Mudie's Circulating Library and bookseller...

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27 June 1894

Mudie's Circulating Library and bookseller W. H. Smith together announced they would not pay more than four shillings a volume for novels; this forced publishers to abandon triple-decker format, and quickly led to its replacement...


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