Victorian Writers and the Stage

The Plays of Dickens, Browning, Collins and Tennyson

  • Richard Pearson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: legitimacy and playwriting

    1. Richard Pearson
      Pages 1-20
  3. Comedy and Tragedy, Before the Theatres Act of 1843

  4. Collaborations at Mid-Century, 1845–1868

  5. Dramatic Identities, 1870–1883

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-249

About this book


This book examines the dramatic work of Dickens, Browning, Collins, and Tennyson, their interaction with the theatrical world, and their attempts to develop their reputations as playwrights. These major Victorian writers each authored several professional plays, but why has their achievement been overlooked?


Dickens Robert Browning Wilkie Collins Tennyson Thackeray Victorian theatre Victorian drama Victorian novel Nineteenth-Century theatre plays playwright patent theatres minor theatres illegitimate author authorial identity collaboration adaptation farce melodrama Charles Dickens drama identity novel theatre Victorian era

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard Pearson
    • 1
  1. 1.National University of IrelandGalwayIreland

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