© 2015

Transitions in Middlebrow Writing, 1880–1930

  • Kate Macdonald
  • Christoph Singer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: Transitions and Cultural Formations

    1. Kate Macdonald, Christoph Singer
      Pages 1-13
  3. What People Really Read in 1922: If Winter Comes, the Bestseller in the Annus Mirabilis of Modernism

    1. Kirsten MacLeod
      Pages 14-34
  4. The Market

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Simon Frost
      Pages 37-56
    3. Rebecca Sitch
      Pages 77-100
  5. Middlebrow Reactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Alison Hurlburt
      Pages 103-120
  6. Cross-Pollinations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Birgit Van Puymbroeck
      Pages 183-202
    3. Koen Rymenants
      Pages 203-222
    4. Mathijs Sanders, Alex Rutten
      Pages 223-241
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 242-272

About this book


This book examines the connections evident between the simultaneous emergence of British modernism and middlebrow literary culture from 1880 to the 1930s. The essays illustrate the mutual influences of modernist and middlebrow authors, critics, publishers and magazines.


Middlebrow writing twentieth-century literature Bestseller culture fiction Great Britain Modernism Rudyard Kipling

Editors and affiliations

  • Kate Macdonald
    • 1
  • Christoph Singer
    • 2
  1. 1.Ghent UniversityBelgium
  2. 2.University of PaderbornGermany

About the editors

Juliette Atkinson, University College London, UK Simon Frost, Bournemouth University, UK Alison Hurlburt, University of Alberta, Canada Louise Kane, De Montfort University, UK Kirsten MacLeod, Newcastle University, UK Emma Miller, Durham University, UK Koen Rymenants, Independent Scholar, Belgium Alex Rutten, Open University, the Netherlands Mathijs Sanders, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands Rebecca Sitch, University of Warwick, UK Birgit Van Puymbroeck, Ghent University, Belgium Samantha Walton, Bath Spa University, UK

Bibliographic information


“Transitions in Middlebrow Writing succeeds in opening up new frameworks. … its greatest strength is the way in which the collection attempts to open up dialogue between modernist scholars and middlebrow studies; in addition, the edited collection offers fresh insights to historians of reading, reception, and publishing, and to periodical scholars alike.” (Victoria Kuttainen, SHARP News,, July, 2016)

“Including chapter notes and an extensive bibliography, this deftly edited collection is a fine piece of scholarship. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.” (C. McCutcheon, Choice, Vol. 53 (8), April, 2016)

“The collection manages admirably to readjust our conceptions of ‘literary history.’ ... this eminently useful and enjoyable collection points the way towards further explorations of shifting and transitional cultural formations.” (Anne-Julia Zwierlein, Anglistik, Vol. 27 (1), March, 2016)