Victorian Fiction Database (1837-1901)

At the Circulating Library: A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

For those of you who like Victorian literature and bibliography, I recommend the following website:

It’s a vast database containing details of 12729 books written by 2852 authors and it covers the entire Victorian era. You can search by author, year, title  or genre! So, if you fancy perusing the titles of the so called ‘Silver-Fork’ novels, click on NOVELS – GENRES – SILVER FORK NOVELS and you will find a whole list of them… 96 titles to be precise:

Genre: Silver-Fork Novel

Description: These novels depict life in fashionable society.

References: Alison Adburgham, Silver Fork Society: Fashionable Life and Literature from 1814 to 1840 (Constable, 1983); Sutherland

  1. Robert Plumer Ward.  Tremaine: or, The Man of Refinement.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1825.
  2. Marianne Spencer Hudson.  Almack’s: A Society Novel of the Times of George IV.  3 vol.  London: Saunders and Otley, 1826.
  3. Catherine Dorothea Burdett.  English Fashionables Abroad: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1827.
  4. Robert Plumer Ward.  De Vere: or, The Man of Independence.  4 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1827.
  5. Edward Bulwer Lytton.  Pelham: or, The Adventures of a Gentleman.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1828.
  6. Lady Scott.  A Marriage in High Life.  2 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1828.
  7. Edward Bulwer Lytton.  Devereux: A Tale.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1829.
  8. Edward Bulwer Lytton.  The Disowned.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1829.
  9. Edward Bulwer Lytton.  Paul Clifford.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1830.
  10. Theodore Edward Hook.  Maxwell.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1830.
  11. Benjamin Disraeli.  The Young Duke: “A Moral Tale, though gay”.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1831.
  12. Catherine Gore.  Mothers and Daughters: A Tale of the Year 1830.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1831.
  13. Catherine Gore.  Pin Money.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1831.
  14. Laetitia Elizabeth Landon.  Romance and Reality.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1831.
  15. Benjamin Disraeli.  Contarini Fleming: A Psychological Auto-Biography.  4 vol.  London: John Murray, 1832.
  16. Thomas Henry Lister.  Arlington.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1832.
  17. Countess of Blessington.  The Repealers.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1833.
  18. Edward Bulwer Lytton.  Godolphin: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1833.
  19. Benjamin Disraeli.  The Wondrous Tale of Alroy: The Rise of Iskander.  3 vol.  London: Saunders and Otley, 1833.
  20. Theodore Edward Hook.  The Parson’s Daughter.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1833.
  21. Theodore Edward Hook.  Love and Pride.  3 vol.  London: Whittaker, 1833.
  22. Catherine Gore.  The Hamiltons: or, The New Era.  3 vol.  London: Saunders and Otley, 1834.
  23. Laetitia Elizabeth Landon.  Francesca Carrara.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1834.
  24. Countess of Blessington.  The Two Friends: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Saunders and Otley, 1835.
  25. Lady Sydney Owenson Morgan.  The Princess: or, The Beguine.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1835.
  26. Lady Dacre.  Tales of the Peerage and the Peasantry.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1835.
  27. Lady Charlotte Bury.  The Devoted.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1836.
  28. Catherine Gore.  The Diary of a Désennuyée.  2 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1836.
  29. Catherine Gore.  Mrs. Armytage: or, Female Domination.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1836.
  30. Theodore Edward Hook.  Gilbert Gurney.  3 vol.  London: Whittaker, 1836.
  31. Countess of Blessington.  The Victims of Society.  3 vol.  London: Saunders and Otley, 1837.
  32. Catherine Gore.  Memoirs of a Peeress: or, The Days of Fox.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1837.
  33. Edward Bulwer Lytton.  Ernest Maltravers.  3 vol.  London: Saunders and Otley, 1837.
  34. Lady Charlotte Bury.  The Divorced.  2 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1837.
  35. Lady Charlotte Bury.  Love.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1837.
  36. Benjamin Disraeli.  Venetia.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1837.
  37. Benjamin Disraeli.  Henrietta Temple: A Love Story.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1837.
  38. Catherine Gore.  Stokeshill Place: or, The Man of Business.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1837.
  39. Theodore Edward Hook.  Jack Brag.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1837.
  40. Laetitia Elizabeth Landon.  Ethel Churchill: or, The Two Brides.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1837.
  41. Edward Lakeby.  The Earldom Restored: An Event in High Life.  2 vol.  London: Smith, Elder, 1837.
  42. Catherine Gore.  The Woman of the World.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1838.
  43. Edward Bulwer Lytton.  Alice: or, The Mysteries. A Sequel to “Ernest Maltravers”.  3 vol.  London: Saunders and Otley, 1838.
  44. Catherine Gore.  The Heir of Selwood: or, Three Epochs of a Life.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1838.
  45. Catherine Stepney.  The Courtier’s Daughter.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1838.
  46. Countess of Blessington.  The Governess.  2 vol.  London: Longman, 1839.
  47. Catherine Gore.  The Cabinet Minister.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1839.
  48. Theodore Edward Hook.  Gurney Married: A Sequel to Gilbert Gurney.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1839.
  49. Theodore Edward Hook.  Births, Deaths, and Marriages.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1839.
  50. Robert Plumer Ward.  Pictures of the World at Home and Abroad.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1839.
  51. Rosina Bulwer Lytton.  Cheveley: or, The Man of Honour.  3 vol.  London: Edward Bull, 1839.
  52. Lady Charlotte Bury.  The History of a Flirt, Related by Herself.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1840.
  53. Catherine Gore.  Preferment: or, My Uncle the Earl.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1840.
  54. Catherine Gore.  The Dowager: or, The New School for Scandal.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1840.
  55. Catherine Gore.  Cecil: or, The Adventures of a Coxcomb.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1841.
  56. Catherine Gore.  Greville: or, A Season in Paris.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1841.
  57. Lady Charlotte Bury.  Family Records: or, The Two Sisters.  3 vol.  London: Saunders and Otley, 1841.
  58. Catherine Gore.  Cecil, a Peer: A Sequel to Cecil; or, The Adventures of a Coxcomb.  3 vol.  London: T. and W. Boone, 1841.
  59. Robert Plumer Ward.  De Clifford: or, The Constant Man.  4 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1841.
  60. Lady Charlotte Bury.  The Manoeuvring Mother.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1842.
  61. Countess of Blessington.  The Lottery of Life.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1842.
  62. Theodore Edward Hook.  Fathers and Sons.  3 vol.  London: C. H. Clarke, 1842.
  63. Theodore Edward Hook.  Peregrine Bunce: or, Settled at Last.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1842.
  64. Laetitia Elizabeth Landon.  Lady Anne Granard: or, Keeping Up Appearances.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1842.
  65. Catherine Gore.  The Ambassador’s Wife.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1842.
  66. Catherine Gore.  The Banker’s Wife: or, Court and City.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1843.
  67. Frances Milton Trollope.  Hargrave: or, The Adventures of a Man of Fashion.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1843.
  68. Lady Charlotte Bury.  The Wilfulness of Woman.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1844.
  69. Catherine Gore.  The Popular Member, The Wheel of Fortune, etc.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1844.
  70. Countess of Blessington.  Strathern: or, Life at Home and Abroad. A Story of the Present Day.  4 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1845.
  71. Catherine Gore.  Self: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1845.
  72. Catherine Gore.  Peers and Parvenus.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1846.
  73. Catherine Gore.  The Débutante: or, The London Season.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1846.
  74. Catherine Gore.  The Débutante: or, The London Season.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1846.
  75. Barbara Hemphill.  Lionel Deerhurst: or, Fashionable Life Under the Regency.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1846.
  76. Catherine Gore.  Castles in the Air.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1847.
  77. Catherine Charlotte Maberly.  Fashion and its Votaries.  3 vol.  London: Saunders and Otley, 1848.
  78. Catherine Gore.  The Diamond, and the Pearl.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1849.
  79. BTAO Sin and Sorrow.  Sin and Sorrow: A Story of a Man of Fashion.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1850.
  80. Anna Atkins.  The Perils of Fashion: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1852.
  81. Catherine Gore.  The Dean’s Daughter: or, The Days We Live In.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1853.
  82. Anna Atkins.  The Colonel: A Novel of Fashionable Life.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1853.
  83. Catherine Gore.  Progress and Prejudice.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1854.
  84. Catherine Gore.  Mammon: or, The Hardships of an Heiress.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1855.
  85. Mrs. Martin Lucas.  The Quicksands of Fashion.  3 vol.  London: T. C. Newby, 1855.
  86. Lady Charlotte Bury.  The Lady of Fashion.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1856.
  87. Lady Chatterton.  Compensation: A Story of Real Life Thirty Years Ago.  2 vol.  London: John W. Parker, 1856.
  88. Frances Milton Trollope.  Fashionable Life: or, Paris and London.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1856.
  89. Henry Noel Humphreys.  Diamonds and Dust: Being Grains from the Sands of Society.  3 vol.  London: T. C. Newby, 1856.
  90. Emily Owen.  Raised to the Peerage: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1859.
  91. Blue Tunic.  From the Peasantry to the Peerage: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: T. C. Newby, 1860.
  92. George Augustus Sala.  The Baddington Peerage: Who Won, and Who Wore It. A Story of the Best and Worst of Society.  3 vol.  London: Skeet, 1860.
  93. Catherine Maria Grey.  Passages in the Life of a Fast Young Lady.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1862.
  94. Catherine Maria Grey.  Good Society: or, Contrasts of Character.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1863.
  95. Anna Atkins.  A Page from the Peerage.  2 vol.  London: Longman, 1863.
  96. Joseph Verey.  Martyrs to Fashion: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Tinsley Brothers, 1868.

Author: Descartes Baker

Graduate in English with Creative Writing. Loves Victorian literature, poetry, watching the clouds go by, travelling, numismatics, and reading long forgotten and obscure novels.

5 thoughts on “Victorian Fiction Database (1837-1901)”

    1. Thanks for the comment and for visiting my blog. I really enjoy reading religious Mid-Victorian novels. What are your views on Francis Edward Paget as a writer? I really enjoyed reading two of his novels this Summer. I reviewed them on my blog. Descartes

      1. Descartes,

        I have never read Paget. I will add him to my list.

        By the way, the link to the archive doesn’t seem to be working. I can find the website through googling but how do you get to the archive?


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