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date: 17 April 2024

silver fork novels. 

Source:
The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens
Author(s):
David ParoissienDavid Paroissien

Novels of high society which dominated English and American fiction from the mid-1820s to the early 1840s. In Dickens's estimation they were ‘mawkish tales of fashionable life’. American readers, he complained, fell down before them as if they were ‘gilded calves’; in England, novels affecting an interest in gentility were ‘snugly enshrined in circulating ... ...

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