The Victorian Era

The index is one of the later entries to my eras and art movements category, not because I didn't have material for it, but because I had WAY too much to put here. There is a massive body of literature written during this period. So I had to come to a decision as to what to include in order to make this index most useful, and here is the result.

Technically, the "Victorian Era" refers to the period in England when Queen Victoria reigned, a very long period indeed, from 1837 to her death in January, 1901. But in modern times, the word Victorian has come to mean so much more, universally. America is full of "Victorian" houses, built during this period, characterized by a certain style, a special look that makes them unique. Of course, Victorian fashions are known for their elegant beauty and certainly what must have been terribly uncomfortable clothing for women, with their bustles, corsets, and toothpick waistlines, at least for part of that long era. Godey's Lady's Book, a well-known American fashion magazine, edited by Sara Josepha Hale (the first American female editor), ran through most of this period. Victorian morals are characterized by a strict prudishness (but, ah—there was a flip side to that coin), and England enjoyed a period of peace and prosperity, and there was most definitely a flip side to that coin, too, as writers such as Charles Dickens exposed the exreme poverty and abuse, along with rampant crime in London and other cities. It was an era of industrial and technological development, and Charles Darwin changed how we perceived our origins. Wikipedia has a good page with lots of interesting information for England's Victorian era.

Anyways, back to the result of my decision on what to include here. For fashion, art, architecture, style, etc. anything from this period, from any country will be included. In literature, however, it will only include those novelists known as English Victorian. Wikipedia has a listing of them alphabetically, and if the name is not on this page, it won't be on this index. But of course there are always exceptions, for instance Charles Darwin was not a novelists, but he was a writer, so his books would be included, and that goes for other writers of non-fiction provided the non-fictional book they wrote is pertinent to the Victorian era. It's still a lot of material, even with limitations, and I hope you enjoy it all. It was a fascinating era.

Queen Victoria of England

Fashion

80 Godey's Full-Color Fashion Plates: 1838-1880

Godey's Fashions Coloring Book
Victorian Fashions Stained Glass Coloring Book




Lawrence Alma-Tadema: The Roses of Heliogabalus

Art and Architecture

120 Great Victorian Fantasy Paintings CD-ROM and Book
Victorian Houses CD-ROM and Book

John William Waterhouse: Echo and Narcissus

William Morris: La Belle Iseult

Fiction

Agnes Grey
The Buccaneers (Set in)
The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt
Cranford
Erewhon
The Forsyte Saga
The Moon and Sixpence
Phantastes: A Faerie Romance
Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite
The Thirty-Nine Steps
Villette
The Way of All Flesh

Victorian Authors

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Joseph Conrad
Charles Dickens
Henry James
Rudyard Kipling
Arthur Machen
Robert Louis Stevenson
Bram Stoker
H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Oscar Wilde

Victorian House

Victorian House

Collections with at least one Victorian Story

Best Ghost and Horror Stories (Bram Stoker)
Classic Ghost Stories by Wilkie Collins. . . and Others
Great Horror Stories: Tales by Stoker, Poe, Lovecraft and Others
Rain and Other South Sea Stories

Victorian Plays

The Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea

Victorian Poetry

Goblin Market, Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

Victorian House

Victorian House

Herbert Draper:Sea Melodies

Coloring Books

Color Your Own Graphic Novel: Dracula
Godey's Fashions Coloring Book
Victorian Fashions Stained Glass Coloring Book

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