With these startling and popular early novels, MEB
helped to initiate a new genre, initially called sensation fiction, which developed into the detective novel and thriller. The first sustained attack on the genre, a lengthy...
In April 1863 HS
's novel The Daily Governess; or, Self-Dependence (1861) was included as part of Henry Mansel
's attack on sensation novels in the Quarterly Review. Although HS
was not a major...
in the Quarterly Review attacked sensation novels as preaching to the nerves and as indications of a wide-spread corruption, of which they are in part both the effect and the cause; called into...
Mansel, Henry Longueville. “Sensation Novels”. Quarterly Review, Vol.