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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Title Tag: Genre: Prison Novel

Description: The following novels are set in or contain characters in prison.

  1. Frederic William Naylor Bayley.  Scenes and Stories by a Clergyman in Debt: Written During his Confinement in the Debtors' Prison.  3 vol.  London: A. H. Baily and Co., 1835.
  2. Victor Hugo.  The Last Days of a Condemned.  1 vol.  London: Smith, Elder, 1840.
  3. Erskine Neale.  Experiences of a Gaol Chaplain: Comprising Recollections of Ministerial Intercourse with Criminals of Various Classes, with their Confessions.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1847.
  4. Charles Kingsley.  Alton Locke, Tailor and Poet: An Autobiography.  2 vol.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1850.
  5. Charles Reade.  It is Never too Late to Mend: A Matter of Fact Romance.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1856.
  6. Charles Dickens.  Little Dorrit.  1 vol.  London: Bradbury and Evans, 1857.
  7. Dinah Marie Craik.  A Life for a Life.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1859.
  8. Frederick William Robinson.  Female Life in Prison, by a Prison Matron.  2 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1862.
  9. Frederick William Robinson.  Memoirs of Jane Cameron, Female Convict. By a Prison Matron.  2 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1864.
  10. Frederick William Robinson.  Prison Characters Drawn from Life, by a Prison Matron.  2 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1866.
  11. Benjamin Wilson.  Lizzie Wentworth: A Story of Real Life.  1 vol.  London: Virtue, 1870.
  12. Hawley Smart.  Broken Bonds.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1874.
  13. Marcus Clarke.  His Natural Life.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1875.
  14. Eustace Clare Grenville Murray.  The Prodigal Daughter: A Story of Female Prison Life.  3 vol.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1879.
  15. Walter Besant.  The Chaplain of the Fleet: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Chatto and Windus, 1881.
  16. Ellen Wood.  Court Netherleigh: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1881.
  17. Frank Barrett.  Fettered for Life: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Chatto and Windus, 1889.
  18. Henry Scott Vince.  Two Pardons: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Ward and Downey, 1889.
  19. William O'Brien.  When We Were Boys: A Novel.  1 vol.  London: Longman, 1890.
  20. Major Arthur George Frederick Griffiths.  A Prison Princess: A Romance of Millbank Penitentiary.  1 vol.  London: Cassell, 1893.
  21. Margaret Oliphant.  "Dies Irae": The Story of a Spirit in Prison.  1 vol.  Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1895.
  22. William Tighe Hopkins.  The Silent Gate: A Voyage into Prison.  1 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1900.