This study insists that we fully account for the prominence of the crime and punishment of forgery as it appears in the nineteenth-century cultural imagination. Examining a range of works by Dickens, Collins, Gaskell, Stevenson, Hardy, and Wilde, among others, I consider how social and legal contexts inform the shifting representation of the crime and its varied perpetrators throughout the nineteenth century. Distinct in its historical attentiveness, Forgery in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture illuminates the breadth of cultural issues to which this “crime of the first magnitude” is linked.
— “this book promises to have a lasting impact on Victorian scholarship” –Leeann D. Hunter, University of Florida
— “Malton has written a provocative, thoughtful, and engaging book that makes a solid case for giving forgery its due critical respect. Focusing on the metaphorical elements of her topic, her approach offers vivid, resonant readings of novels. . . . Malton’s book contributes meaningfully to the growing canon of Victorian financial criticism and has made this reader eager to know still more.”–Rebecca Stern, University of South Carolina, Victorian Studies (52. 1)
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