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Neo-Victorian writers invoke conflicting viewpoints in diaries, letters, and so on. to creatively retrace the earlier in fragmentary and contradictory methods. This e-book explores the advanced wishes excited by epistolary discoveries of 'hidden' Victorians, providing new perception into the inventive synthesising of severe concept in the neo-Victorian novel.

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The letter gleams with ‘shining’, ‘glimmerings and glister’, ‘brilliance’, ‘silken’ (87), lush language that beckons Ash not to heed an illusory retreat, but to follow and respond to her luminosity. Here, by extension, illumination of unbound secrets is suggested to readers. Are we similarly seduced? Textually undermining her socially conformist stance, Christabel declares herself ‘a very fat and self-satisfied Spider in the centre of her shining Web’ (87) and her letters, so industriously spun, invite Ash to step recklessly into her shining gossamer snare.

Letter communications can be hazardous: interrupted, misdirected, intercepted, or undelivered by mischance or design; like diaries, they may also be deliberately expurgated, defaced, burned, or buried. Such perilous transmission of meaning fascinated nineteenth-century sensation and Gothic fiction writers and now absorbs contemporary revisionists, as illustrated in The Thirteenth Tale: Hester’s diary was damaged. The key was missing, the clasp so rusted that it left orange stains on your fingers.

33 Yet, in fact, her diary narrative acts as a red herring to support her escape into anonymity, which a later reader of the journal realises: ‘she had meant him to find it. 38 In a broader sense, epistolary exchange develops ideas of deliberate deceit, trickery or misunderstandings, as neo-Victorian writers innovatively experiment with scenes of private writing and unauthorised reading. 1 Neo-Victorian themes and topics Neo-Victorian fiction is a rapidly expanding genre that evidences recurrent thematic concerns.

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