Fantastic Victoriana: Links

ost Respected Reader, you have already come far in your Quest for Knowledge, and for that I salute you. But I must, with Great Regret, inform you that your travels are not over. No, no, stay your tears, for though your Travails are wearisome, they are ultimately Edifying and even Healthsome; though your mind is fatigued by all that it must take in, the End Results will be seen as positive. You are not done, alas, but though the end of your journey is still far away, it is the traveling, not the reaching, that is the purpose of your wanderings. Again, I must warn you that what you see may upset you, or get your blood boiling, for some of the information is of the kind that no red-blooded Englishman could read without anger. But most of these sites are Informative, Entertaining, and best of all True.

(I've put * in front of the best sites, so you'll know which ones I think most highly of)


I've moved most of the e-texts to individual characters' entries. It seemed more convenient that way, somehow. What's left here are by authors whose characters are on this site but whose texts about those characters I was unable to get. I couldn't get a Captain Kettle story online, for example, so I got:

A Plea for Old Cap Collier was an essay of some note, back in the early decades of the 20th century, on dime novels and why they're a good thing.
Cutcliffe Hyne's The Lost Continent, which is available here, at Gutenberg.
How the Other Half Lives, by Jacob A. Riis. The famous expose of just how bad life was in Lower East Side NYC at the turn of the century.
The Leavenworth Case, by Anna Katharine Green, is not an Ebenezer Gryce e-text, but is a good representative of her style.
Old West History Articles is a selection of e-texts from newspapers in the Old West.
"The Pipe of Mystery," by G.A. Henty, is only a ghost story, and so (I suppose) doesn't strictly count for inclusion here. But I think it's a cracking good yarn, and typical of the better Victorian ghost stories. So I'm putting it here anyhow.
"Those That Will Not Work" is an e-text of an essay that Bracebridge Hemyng wrote decrying prostitution in Victorian London. There are links to other e-texts he wrote on the same subject.

E-text Sites

Athena gives access to e-texts by "mainly French and Swiss authors;" most of the other e-text sites concentrate on American and British authors, so this is a good thing.

Bibliomania is one of a number of quite good e-text sites on the Web. They've only got 60 novels (only 60! oy, how my standards have been warped by Gutenberg!) but the sixty there are essential ones.

* Books On-Line is, if anything, better than Gutenberg, with over 9000 e-texts, and stands with Gutenberg as one of the two places you should look at first for e-texts.

British Poetry 1780-1910 is a part of the Electronic Text Center, which is a pretty good e-text site. The British Poetry page has a couple dozen poetry e-texts.

Electronic Publishing Forum provides a list of authors who've been e-texted.

The English Server Fiction Collection is a basic e-text site--by which I mean, they've got a lot of basic, essential texts. Worth a look (as are all of the ones in this section).

File Library at Channel 1 is a directory of e-texts available online, with seemingly all of them only available in .zip format.

Full Text Electronic Books is another list of books arranged by author.

* Gaslight is, as far as fantastic Victoriana is concerned, the place on the Web to go. There are stories available here that simply can't be found anywhere else, and are very hard to come by in real life. We all owe them a debt of thanks. They also have an American Branch which is more than just a mirror site.

The Gopher Menu is from the Alex site, and is a nice, long list of e-texts, many of which will likely be of interest to you.

Literature of the Fantastic has 24 "fantastic" e-text links, both stories and novels.

The Litrix Reading Room is a smallish collection of two dozen (or so) e-texts, but what they have there, as Spencer Tracy said of Katherine Hepburn, is cherce.

The Naked Word has 60 or 70 Victorian- and Edwardian-era e-texts; everything from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to Tom Swift and his Motor-Cycle.

OFCN Electronic Bookshelf has a good selection of children's and adventure e-texts.

The On-Line Books Page stands, with Project Gutenberg, as the best source for e-texts on the Web. It's got over 9000 works, and if what you're looking for can't be found at Gutenberg or here, it's not on the Web. Just a fantastic site.

* Online Classic Horror and Fantasy Fiction is a quite admirable attempt to provide links to every "classic" (that is, 19th century) horror and fantasy story. Better yet, when the story isn't available anywhere else, they host it on their on web page. (In zipped form, but nobody's perfect)

The * Online Literature Library is, like Bibliomania, one of the basic e-text sites on the Web. They've got 30 authors on this page, many of them Victorian.

* Project Gutenberg is the first (and often last) place you'll need to go on the Web when you're looking for e-texts. Arguably the best, most thorough selection on the Web, and the sort of the thing that the Web was made to do.

SF & Fantasy Books Online is a very nice site, chock full of e-text links of sf & fantasy works, both Victorian and modern. is a decent site for freeware and shareware, and using their search engine will give you sites to e-texts.

Story Collection has what looks like several dozen horror and weird stories.

The Universal Library lists a wide range of e-texts--the Gutenberg ones as well as "antiques" and "classics."

VSYAT is a Swedish site that list a variety of e-texts, both fiction and non-fiction.

The Wiretap site has a wide range of e-texts, many of which are not Victoriana-related but many of which are.

Literature & Related Pages

Archaeology in Fiction is a page listing Lost Worlds/Lost Races fiction, much of it from the Victorian/Edwardian era, with short descriptions about the novels' plots/environments.

The Arthur Conan Doyle Society page is the online site of the Society dedicated to promoting Doyle and bringing together his readers; the site has a good amount of biographical information on him.

Authors Index Page is a part of MagicDragon's Ultimate Mystery-Detective Web Guide site. The Authors Index is a list of which mystery/detective fiction authors have Web pages devoted to them, and links to those sites. Those authors without Web sites are given brief biographical descriptions of their work and their characters. Don't be fooled into thinking that only modern authors would have sites; some very old authors, like Emile Gaboriau and Jacques Futrelle, have sites.

"A Blueprint for Tom Swift" is from the very entertaining & well-done Ultimate Tom Swift Collector's Guide site. "Blueprint" is an illustrated essay explaining the origins of Tom Swift & the Edisonade characters. It has summaries of Johnny Brainerd and biographies of Edward S. Ellis and Luis P. Senarens.

* British Juvenile Story Papers and Pocket Libraries Index is a site that I've only recently been told of, but which I wish I'd known about years ago. It's an index of British children's papers, comics, and annuals, with listings of what stories and authors appeared when. Simply invaluable, if you're in need of this sort of thing.

British Sensation Fiction. This is part of Michael E. Grost's wonderful A Guide to Classic Mystery and Detection site. As he says, "Sensation Novels were Victorian books featuring dramatic, thrilling events. Their plots often revolved around sinister conspiracies, hidden secrets, crimes, and villainous schemers." He describes some of the authors of sensation fiction and their works, including E.T.A. Hoffman, Emily Brontë, Wilkie Collins, and Louisa May Alcott.

The Casebook of Barrington Smythe is a site of entertaining Victorian pastiche/homage stories.

Castle Falkenstein Information page. Castle Falkenstein is a game, which this page more than adequately explains. That's not why I've included it here; the page's author also has a number of resources listed, and describes why they'll be useful. These descriptions apply not only to Castle Falkenstein players, but to anyone interested in the Victorian era.

A Celebration of Women Writers is an incredible resource; if you want to know about online information on women writers, this is the first place to go to.

* Collecting Books and Magazines is an excellent Australian site on various children's series and authors. I've only begun to explore this site in depth, but so far it seems quite good.

The Complete Tom Swift Jr. Home Page is, if anything, even more off-topic to this page than the Ultimate Tom Swift Collector's Guide site. But Swift Jr. is in the tradition of the Edisonade, and this site has lengthy descriptions (with cover scans) of almost all of the Swift Jr. novels, and that amount of effort should be rewarded with a visit, don't you think?

Crime Time On-Line is a good essay recapping the early history of the mystery genre.

"A Defence of Penny Dreadfuls" is a long and interesting essay written by noted author and anti-Semite G.K. Chesterton. Chesterton says some wrong-headed things in this essay, as he did in so many of his writings, but he makes some good points as well, and it's worth reading.

Detective Offshots of the Rogue School is by Michael E. Grost, he of the A Guide to Classic Mystery and Detection site. The Rogue School page is about characters like Simon Carne and Raffles, cunning thieves and swindlers who preyed on the rich. They were quite popular during the late Victorian period, and Grost lists them and puts them in context.

Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls is the home page of Stanford University's Dime Novel and Story Paper Collection. They have some very nice images and dime novel e-texts and are a great resource.

Early Victorian Literature has several bibliographic lists of important literature, fiction, poetry and the link, as well as the inevitable links collection.

Eidolon is a good starting point for doing research on the Web on Australian science fiction, past and present.

Emile Gaboriau and his School is a long and well-researched page (by Michael E. Grost, of the A Guide to Classic Mystery and Detection) detailing the influence of Gaboriau on detective/mystery writers who followed him, including Alexandre Dumas, Anton Chekhov, and Anna Katherine Green.

* Female Detectives in UK Fiction 1850-1900 is a very thorough bibliography, if you're interested in the subject.

* The Female Sherlock is Chris Willis' entertaining and informative essay on "'Lady Detectives' in Victorian and Edwardian Fiction."

A Guide to Classic Mystery and Detection is created by Michael E. Grost, who I hope made a thesis out of this material. The site is an exemplary piece of work; thorough, informed, opinionated (but not unreasonably so), and complete. It covers "classic" detective and mystery authors in depth, and includes everyone it should and no one it shouldn't. There's just loads of information at the site, and if you've any interest at all in this subject you simply must go there.

* The House of Beadle & Adams Online. Great Otis Almighty! The e-text of the invaluable book chronicling B&A's dime novels. If you're interested in dime novels and what Beadle & Adams published, you simply won't do better online than this. I mean, it even lists individual issues, who was in them, and what they were about--how can you not love htat?

H. Rider Haggard: He-Who-Must-Be-Read is a interesting and nicely-illustrated appreciation of Haggard's work. While you might not agree with the author's conclusions--I think there's a difference between celebrating an author's work and over-praising it, and I think the author did the latter and not the former--it's still worth a read or two.

The Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections  is a splendid resource for finding out what books, stories, and authors have been reprinted where. The casual fan may not find this particularly thrilling, but a serious student of science fiction will find this a simply invaluable and priceless resource.

The Internet Speculative Fiction DataBase is really quite impressive. An extremely thorough list of science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors, with biographical information (when they've been able to get it) and a bibliographical list. Definitely something to bookmark.

Interview mit Heinz-Jürgen Ehrig is a interview (in German) with a notable German collector, one of only two to have a complete run of Captain Mors.

The Jules Verne Collection is the best Verne site on the 'Net, bar none. Zvi Har'El is to be recommended for creating it.

Karl May Gesllschaft is a good treatment of May and his work. May's "Old Shatterhand" certainly deserves inclusion on this site and will make it here as soon as I can find the time to read Winnetou.

Kurd Laßwitz (1848-1910) is a biography, in German, on Laßwitz (of the Martians).

The Lach-Szyrma Home Page is just that: a home page devoted to explaining some of the history behind the name. It does have some information on W. Somerville L-S (of Aleriel), as well.

Life and Times of Mr. Sherlock Holmes is a table that lists just that: the major events, by date, in the life of Sherlock Holmes, comparing them to the lives of Watson, A.C. Doyle, and events in England, Western Europe, and the world.

The Literary Gothic is, in their own words, "a Web site for all things concerned with literary Gothicism." What this means in practice is that they not only have a large array of links pertaining to Gothic works, but also a well-chosen group of e-texts. If you're at all interested in Gothic literature and authors this is the place to go on the Web.

Literary Intertexts in Jules Verne's Voyage Extraordinaires is an interesting and informed essay by Zvi Har'El (creator of the Jules Verne Collection site) on Verne's allusions to literary figures and their works.

Literary Resources -- Victorian British is a very nice site of lightly-annotated links to Victorian British literary and cultural sites. Some or many of them will end up on this page or are already here, but others, which I haven't included here (because they don't interest me), you might find useful or interesting in some way.

The Lost Club Journal is an online journal dedicated to giving attention to some of the lesser-known and now-forgotten authors of the past, such as Jeffrey Farnol, Arthur Machen, Arthur Ransome, and Sarban. The content varies in quality, but it's definitely worth a look.

The Lost World is a thorough look at Doyle's work, the characters in it, and the various movies made from it.

The Miskatonic University RWC Biography. A lengthy and informative biography of R.W. Chambers.

La Normandie and the Association of the Friends of Albert Robida are two good sites on Albert Robida, a French artist sui generis and a true visionary of the future. Just go to the sites, especially the Association. Robida's work is really quite good and deserves as much exposure as possible.

New General Catalogue of Old Books and Authors is a brief and un-annotated list of authors and what books/series they wrote.

19th Century British and Irish Authors on the Web. From Mitsuhara Matsuoka's magisterial Web Page. As thorough a
list of British/Irish authors online as exists.

The Nineteenth-Century Novel: Bibliographic Resources. A lengthy list of online resources for a Vanderbilt class on 19th century novels; some of the links are already included here, many are not.

A Nineteenth-Century British Timeline is brief--very brief. But its listing of who was published when is useful, if far too skimpy.

NVSA Web Sites is the links page of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association, which is a scholarly group in the northeast U.S. The links page has a dozen or so links to general sites, most of which I've included here, and several dozen links to pages on individual authors and their e-texts, which I'm not including here.

Occult Detectives, a page on the really neat Wold Newton Web site (it's too complicated--just go here and all will be explained), has some nice, brief essays and chronologies of Jules de Grandin, Judge Pursuivant, John Thunstone, and Silver John, four of the most successful occult detectives. (There's no good site on the Web for information on Flaxman Low, alas)

PCA Section on Dime Novels is a list of papers presented, or going to be presented at the Popular Culture Association annual conference. Some of the papers are typical academic mental masturbation, but some are rather absorbing. (I presented there myself one year, though on metafiction in comics, rather than on dime novels)

Although Mervyn Peake's work doesn't really fit here, I'm including The Peake of Imagination site because Gormenghast, in many ways, is a Victorian work--in themes if nothing else--and because I think the site does a good job of celebrating Peake's work.

Penny Dreadfuls And Penny Bloods is a good, basic introduction, with illustrations, to the history of the genre.

The Perry Chronicle is a site dedicated to the writer Anne Perry, whose books are detective fiction set in the late Victorian era. The site, though, has a number of good pages describing the milieu and times in which her character live.

Popular Fiction in the 19th Century. A well-written and entertaining look at what fiction was popular among Americans during the 19th Century.

Poe: The Tell-Tale Face of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is an interesting site on CO2 poisoning in the work of Poe. Go ahead, take a look--you'll be glad you did.

The Real Dick Turpin is a treatment of the penny dreadful character (who'll make his appearance on this site when I can find a copy of an original p.d. of his to read) and shows that the person the fictional character was based upon was more than a little unsavoury.

Robert W. Chambers and the King in Yellow is an excellent, even exemplary treatment of Chambers and his work.

Now, you must understand that I'm not really a big Harry Flashman fan. Something about the character has always struck me as being distasteful, enough so that the obvious skill of the book isn't enough to overcome my loathing for Flashman himself. But I'm much in the minority on this one, and he's certainly a good character to think about for the Victorian era. The Royal Flashman Society site is a very nice job detailing the Flashman world and celebrating the character. Not to my taste, but it might well be to yours.

Recommended Reading List for Castle Falkenstein is just that: a recommended reading list of steampunk texts and works relating to steampunk that players of Castle Falkenstein might find useful.

The Richard Jefferies Society is a page by a society devoted to Jefferies (of Bevis). There is a small amount of information here as well as contact info for the Society, an application, and a list of Jefferies' books.

Le Roman d'Aventures is a good site on French authors and characters, some of whom are covered here. It's in French, though.

Science Fiction vs. Scientific Fiction in France is an informative essay on how the genre developed and was treated in France.

Selected Authors of Supernatural Fiction is a site with good biographies of Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, Lord Dunsany, William Hope Hodgson, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, Fitz-James O'Brien, Edgar A. Poe, M.P. Shiel, and Clark Ashton Smith.

The Series Bookcase is a site devoted to certain boys' series: Rick Brant, Ken Holt, Tom Quest, Biff Brewster, Christopher Cool, the Lone Ranger, Tom Corbett, Bret King, and Tom Swift, Jr. None of which strictly belong here, but they are in some ways representative of the earlier boys' series like Frank Reade, Jr.

SF Timeline of the 19th Century is from the MagicDragon folks, and is a basic timeline of what important science fiction novels were published when during the century.

Sherlockian Homepage is arguably the best site on the Web for all things Holmesian; they have all the links to Holmes e-texts that a body could ever want, and a goodly range of information and images not just on Holmes, but also on A.C. Doyle and on the many Holmes parodies and satires.

Some Nineties Links and Books is from an Arthur Symons web site; these links are not to "sensation" literature but to general 1890s works.

Steampunk Resources List is a nice assemblage of links and basic information on steampunk , including some articles and information on what the London of the later Victorian era was like.

Supernatural Fiction: Selected Online Resources has a very good selection of resources, to both e-texts and to sites about supernatural fiction authors, individual works, and trends.

The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide is pretty much what it says it is. It's got over 5000 links to damn near every sf Web site imaginable.

The Ultimate Tom Swift Collector's Guide is a really thorough look at Tom Swift, with a huge range of resources on everything Tom Swiftian.

The Universal General is a surprisingly interesting site on wargaming, with some great history and images.

* A Victorian Bibliography. A very nice bibliography of both primary texts and critical/secondary sources.

* Victorian Pulp is an outstanding site on bloods and penny dreadfuls, with e-text extracts and other fun stuff.

Victorian Women Writers Project is an extremely thorough site with listings of what seems to be every Victorian woman writer and, when applicable, the links to the e-texts of their work. Very thorough and useful, even if many of the writers' work isn't strictly relevant here.

Violet Books is the site of a bookstore specialising in "antiquarian supernatural, fantasy & mysterious literatures." I'm a big fan of Violet Books. It's run by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, for one, and it has several very interesting essays on a wide range of topics; it's got some lovely images of covers; and it's got a wonderful stock of antiquarian books. I've ordered from Violet Books before and been very happy with the service. Go there and buy something, won't you?

Voice of the Shuttle: English Literature is a strong page. It's one of the best on the Web for Victorian author resources.

Weird Fiction is a stunningly thorough set of links to "pages devoted to our favorite weird fiction authors." The site has author biography links, book sites, and sites on what was published when. And as with the Authors Index Page there's a lot of surprising stuff on the Web about the most obscure authors.

The Western Hero in the Dime Novel is Chapter Nine of Virgin Land, an interesting look at the frontier in the American mind. (Which my Master's Thesis examined in part, so I may be more interested in this sort of thing than you are)

The Yellow Book is from the wonderful Victorian Web site, and is a good summation of that most shocking and decadent publication's history and contents. There are also more of the images from the Yellow Book here.

* 1890s Links has a nice collection of sites, most of whom I've already incorporated here. Their good collection of links to individual authors' sites, however, I leave for you to discover.

Victorian Culture and History

Acacia Victorian Clip Art has some lovely Illustrated Letters and Clip Art and the like.

Age of Empire is from the Britannia site. It's got some good articles on various aspects of British history during this period as well as concise biographies of the Prime Ministers during the Age of Empire (which by their definition is 1689-1914).

An American-British British-American Dictionary is amusing, but as G.B. Shaw once said, England and America are two countries separated by a common language, and so such a dictionary can sometimes prove useful and informative.

The Art of Aubrey Beardsley is a nice site full of images of Beardsley's work; I recommend you go out and buy one of the Complete Works of Aubrey Beardsley books, but this site will tide you over until you do that.

Barbary Mush is the site of a roleplaying game based on H.P. Lovecraft's work and set in San Francisco's infamous Barbary Coast during the mid/late-19th century. The site itself is entertaining and has a number of good links to other sites with helpful information about San Francisco's 19th century culture and history, including a slang and timeline link.

NEW * Booth's 1889 London Poverty Map is a really excellent visual guide to poverty in London in 1889.

Brief Timeline of American Literature and Events Pre-1620 to 1920 is the start page to a set of timelines that, while not long, are certainly more than brief.

The British Empire is a nice-looking page of varying content quality. It's about The Empire, from the 18th to the 20th century, and some of the pages are quite well-done and informative, but some of the others seem to still be under construction and are almost devoid of information. It's worth a look.

By Jingo is an entertaining e-zine dedicated to 19th century colonial gaming. The links page has some very nice sites listed on it.

Casebook: Jack the Ripper is an image-heavy site on Springheeled Jack. It is, disappointingly, rather less good when it comes to information--it's got pictures of the victims and the suspects, but no information on them--but it is a work in progress, and more may come later. Worth investigating is the Victorian London section for some very interesting articles on the London of the Ripper.

The Challenges of Urban Expansion in Victorian London is a scholarly and readable essay of great interest (to me, at least) on how London dealt (or didn't deal) with its growth during the Victorian era. From the City As Hero site.

The Circle of Victoriana is the home site for a Victoriana Web Ring. Some of the sites in the Ring are worth checking out.

Claire Booth's Map of London Poverty dates from the 1880s and maps London streets into color-coded gradations marking economic affluence or lack of same.

Coins of Late Victorian England is an illustrated guide to coinage as "it applies to Sherlock Holmes." For all of that, though, it's still informative and useful.

"Cities" Timeline. A concisely-annotated timeline of events relevant to England's cities, along with links to reports done on those events.

* The City as Hero: Victorian London in Life and Literature. 28 links and essays on London during the Victorian era. I've incorporated some of those links here; others I haven't, as they don't seem to me to be particularly relevant, but you might find them useful.

Collage Portal. A site of images of London through the ages.

Courting Rituals in 1900 versus Courting Rituals in 2000 is an entertaining look at how it was done then as opposed to how it's done now.

The Crimean War A decent-sized (for the Web) history of the war (which, let's face it, is almost completely unknown in this country). (It's from a history of the Russian Navy, which explains the perspective of the writer)

Daze of Our Lives An oft-updated good site of and on Victorian humor.

Deadlands Firearms List is a fairly thorough list of firearms that were used in the in the 19th century. While it is for roleplaying, it's still got a lot of useful information, so even if you're not a roleplayer you should still take a look at it.

Dictionary of Sensibilities A positively spiffing guide to the era of "sensibility"--18th century England. A term list, a critical bibliography, etc. As with a few other entries here, it's not strictly Victorian, but I think it's a good resource that helps understand Victoria's England, and so I'm providing it here.
NEW * Dictionary of Victorian London A very nice online dictionary of things Victorian. Highly recommended.

* The Difference Dictionary is a lot of fun. It's meant as a supplement to William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's The Difference Engine, one of the primal steampunk texts. And it works very well on that level. But it also functions quite nicely as a basic guide to some of the more interesting people, ideas, and things of the Victorian era.

Duttie's Just Victorian is an entertaining guide to Victorian etiquette.

Egyptian Commodity Fetishism amongst Victorian Imperialists is an interesting look at the fad for Egyptiana. It's a scholarly paper, but enjoyable for all of that.

The Electronic Historical Publications site is a goldmine of information on scientific thought during the Victorian era. The site is the e-text editions of Scientific American from 1845-1859. How cool is that?

* Encyclopedia of British History is well-done reference work on British history from 1700-1950. It's organised thematically rather than alphabetically and has a number of good images.

English History Timeline is from the Victorian Web site. A long timeline of one-sentence entries, many of which are linked to other pages. Not nearly as detailed as it could be, but a good start.

The Fallen Woman in Fiction and Legislation. A scholarly, interesting look at prostitutes in the Victorian imaginations and reality.

F.O.C. Darley is a site dedicated to the "Illustrator for all times," one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed illustrators of the era.

Footlight Notes is "an electronic 'zine about popular entertainment during a period of extraordinary activity in the history of the theatre: the 1850s to the 1920s." Specifically, the British theatre.

* GenDocs Genealogy Services has, despite its name, loads and loads of useful information for the historical researcher, including indices of London streets, churches, cemeteries, lodging houses, and the like.

Gisby's Links Page is a good assortment of links to Colonial wargaming sites.

A Glimpse into London's Early Sewers is an informative, illustrated look at how London dealt with waste. Read it--the subject is a lot more interesting than you'd think.

The Great Britain Historical GIS Programme is the home site of a large amount of historical data on G.B.

Greenwood's Map of London 1827 is a thorough, interactive map of London circa 1827. A superb resource.

Hidden London isn't, strictly speaking, a guide to Victorian London, but it does provide some nice images and commentary on various places, mostly literary, in London.

High Victorian Gothic Architecture in England has no text, but has 33 nice photographs.

Historical Boys' Clothing is an interesting & informed examination of the changing styles in boys' clothing, including that of the Victorian era.

* The History of Costume is a really wonderful site. It's the e-text of a book written in the late 19th century on how people of various times and places dressed--and the site has the images from the book as well as the text.

Internet Library of Early Journals is a British project, digitising six 18th and 19th century journals. A great look at life during those centuries.

* Internet Modern History Sourcebook: 19th Century Britain. Paul Halsall, at Fordham University, has assembled a large set of links and information and made them into the Internet History Sourcebooks Project. I can't praise Halsall's work highly enough; its existence justifies the Internet, as far as I'm concerned.

Jack the Ripper is an interesting site on Saucy Jack. Not as thorough or long as it could be, but has some good scans and is a good general introduction to the murderer.

Jack the Ripper as the Threat of Outcast London is a scholarly and yet absorbingly readable essay on Jack the Ripper and the social context within which he lived and killed.

The Language of the Fan is a part of a site listing resources for fantasy roleplaying in the Castle Falkenstein game. Ignore the rest of it if you're not a gamer, but the Language of the Fan is a neat list of what individual gestures with a fan meant during the Victorian era (drawing the fan across the eyes meant "I'm sorry," for example).

* London by Gaslight is a site for online roleplaying in Victorian England. Which you might think out of place here, but roleplayers these days are often the source of some very interesting and well-researched sites and information. London by Gaslight acts as a good introduction to the foggy, dangerous London of so many books and movies, and may even have something of interest for those of you who, like me, know a bit about Victorian London & England. Well worth a look.

Making of America Journals Collection, run by by the Cornell University Library, is a wonderful resource; it's the e-text of two dozen 19th century American journals. These provide a splendid look into the life of Americans of this time, and is really the sort of thing that the Web was made for.

* Map of John Snow's London in 1859 "A historical map with sites of Victorian London during the time of Dr. John Snow (1813-1858), the prominent epidemiologist and anesthesiologist."

NEW McGonagall Online "William Topaz McGonagall, poet and tragedian of Dundee, has been widely hailed as the writer of the worst poetry in the English language." And, yes, he's just as bad as described. Wonderfully so.

Memories of India is an e-text of Sir Robert Baden-Powell's memoirs, and is a fascinating primary source document for the history and culture of India and Afghanistan during the Victorian era. Really, really neat stuff.

Met Police is the web site of the Metropolitan Police of London. They've got some nice pages on their own history, which is of course very interesting reading.

Monuments and Dust is "the work of an international group of scholars now assembling a complex visual, textual, and statistical representation of Victorian London." What they've got online so far is good--a VRML model of the Crystal Palace, e-text editions of London: A Pilgrimage and London Labor and the London Poor, Volume One, extracts from the Times, and London mortality and population statistics--but what they promise to eventually have will be much better.

Nikola Tesla Page is a basic list of links to pages on the underknown and underrated inventor Nikola Tesla, who might well have been Edison's superior but lacked that individual's capacity for self-promotion. The site also has links to images of Tesla coils as well as some programs on designing Tesla coils.

Nineteenth Century British and Indian Armies presents "various 19th Century photographs, campagn medals, and the biographical studies of the soldiers represented by these items."

The 19th Century British Stage: An Exploration is a good combinatoin of text and images, both of which are interesting.

A 19th Century Woman's Place is a nice little look at day-to-day life for women during the Victorian era. (Shame about those frames, though)

The Old Steam Navy has some very nice and seemingly rare photographs, from an 1899 book on Admiral Dewey, of the U.S. Navy in the late 19th century.

Paris: Urban Santiation Before the 20th Century is a neat, thorough look at the problems of adequate hygiene and sanitation in Paris before the modern era, including dealing with sewage, garbage, and corpses.

The Penny Magazine Online site has e-texts of the articles of Penny Magazine, which was aimed at the working class but has a wealth of information on any number of things about England and Europe during the 1830s.

Pre-Raphaelite Collection has a good collection of images by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Savage and Soldier Online is the e-text of a magazine for gamers. Which might not be of interest to you, but it does have a number of articles on the British military and its overseas imperialist actions.

Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical is the start of an indexing project which will cover how science was treated in thirty 19th century periodicals. When this is finished, it should be very interesting.

* Search the Victoria-L Archives. Victoria-L is a fine mailing list about the Victorian Age, and this site allows you to search the mailing list's archives.

Slums, Sleuths and Anarchists is ostensibly about "gender issues in the work of George R. Sims," but alos contains a lot of useful information about slums and English culture in mid/late 19th century England.

The Social Ramifications of Opium Use in 19th Century England. A detailed & scholarly look at the opium problem in Victorian England.

Some Pictures of Victorian London. Not a lot of them (The Strand, Tottenham Court Road, The Horseshoe Tavern, a Costerman, and the Thames Tunnel) but enough to get an interesting sense of what life looked like.

Steam Engine Library is a bibliography, with links to some e-texts, of books and documents relating to the history of the steam engine.

The Studies in Scarlet Project is a collaborative project of essays and images on "Marriage, Women and the Law, 1815-1914."

Timeline of the 19th Century is very nice (although it goes from 1775 to 1900) and gives you Texts, Events/Contexts, Births, and Deaths entries.

Victorian Architecture is full of pictures, and like the Some Pictures of Victorian London site it gives the modern reader a nice glimpse into the past.

Victorian Art and Artists has a dozen links on various aspects of Victorian art.

Victorian Census Project "aims to computerise a number of source documents and related materials relating to Great Britain in the mid-nineteenth century;" these sources include census data, birth/death information, and various other statistical documents and information. So far they've done databases from the 1831 and 1861 censuses, and they promise more. Very useful information, that.

* Victorian London Research is, to use an academic term I picked up in grad school, whizzo. It's an invaluable resource for information on Victorian London; it's got a street index, lists of churches, cemeteries, lodging houses, inns, taverns & public houses, census indices, and more. Great, great stuff.

* Victorian Related Links is a great hodge-podge of links in alphabetical order (somewhat like this page, I suppose), briefly annotated. It could use more annotation and organization, but there's still a lot of good stuff here that I'm going to have to one day poach for this site.

Victorian Station. A nicely-designed, well-illustrated look at Victorian architecture, art and design.

Victorian Timeline is from the point of view of the Anglican Church, and so has relatively few entries, but they might be of interest to you nonetheless.

Victorian Turkish Baths is an interesting, well-illustrated, and well-researched look at a little-remembered feature of life during that time.

* The Victorian Web is, with due respect to the other sites on the list, the single finest Victorian Web site out there. Images, essays, insight, scholarly acumen--it's got it all, and on just about every subject you can think of.

* Victorian Web Sites is run by Mitsuhara Matsuoka (she's neat!) and has around 350 links. This page is really quite wonderful, and the only reason I rank it below The Victorian Web is that it's just a numbered list of intermittently annotated sites, rather than being thematically arranged.

Victoriana Online has a good range of resources and information.

Victoriana resources is the "resources" page of the interesting Victoriana site, this page has articles on subjects as wide-ranging as Queen Victoria's views on pregnancy (from her Unpublished Letters) to recipes to the "unsuitable suitor of 1879."

Victorian Military Miscellany has some useful information and images on military hardware and weaponry of the Victorian era. From the entertaining Cordery Colonial Wargaming site.

Victoria's Dark Secrets is an interesting and quite viciously gossipy look at "what really lurked beneath her prim facade." Not exactly scholarly or reliable, but still enjoyable.

What's a Guinea? is an informative and well-done essay on money and coinage in Victorian Britain.

* The William Morris Gallery is a very nice site on that most modern of men; the site has illustrations, text, and many enjoyable things. Plus it's got downloadable wallpaper--neat!

World's Transportation Commission Photograph Collection (aka "Around the World in the 1890s") is a site run by the Library of Congress. It contains a large number of photographs (almost 900) of street scenes, landscapes, and natives taken by a traveling American photograher in Africa, Asia, Australia and Oceania in 1894-1896.

* Wrong Side of the River isn't, strictly speaking, about Victorian London. But it's such a neat and readable piece of history that I can't resist putting it here. Plus Victorian London does spring more-or-less directly from the London of this period, so it sorta fits. Just go ahead and read it--you'll see what I mean.

If you've ever done any roleplaying and you know anything about the Victorian era or Wuthering Heights, you'll find Wuthering Heights a giggle. Just go there, okay?

The Zeppelin Library is an informative look at zeppelins, which may be more Edwardian than Victorian but which certainly fit into a steampunk theme.

19th Century Web Sites is a list, alphabetical rather than thematic, of sites on 19th century subjects.

Thanks to:

First of all, Michael Norwitz, source of much information and the man who got me going on this web page to begin with and provided me with information on Ching-Ching; you can find his web page, which is full of valuable links, here. James Helyar came through in the biggest way possible with information on Broad Arrow Jack and was a help with Nelson Lee. Alicia was, of course, a source of constant love and support. Kathryn Stallard came through with information on Jock o' th' Beach. Rita Smith did the same with Frank Hardinge. Mark Russett was a great help with the penny dreadfuls. Alicia is an inspiration to me every day. Thanks to Steve Blease and the folks at Wessex Games for the kind words they had to say about this site on the web page for Voyages Extraordinaires. Thanks to Ronald Byrd for supplying the name of Captain Sakuragi in the Captain Sakuragi entry. Thanks to Jean-Marc L'Officier, for great information on French pulp characters and for French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Pulp Fiction. Thanks to Randy Golden for a great translating job for the Mac Milford and Captain Mors entries. Thanks to Justin Gilbert and the good folks at the Bloods and Dime Novels mailing list for various good information and images. Thanks to Steve Holland and Elizabeth James of the British Library's British Collection for Nelson Lee information. Thanks to Mark Ganulin for correcting my embarassing error about John Bell. Thanks to Vincent Mollet for excellent information on Rocambole. Thanks to Riccardo Barbagallo for excellent information on Rocambole and Claude Duval. Many thanks to M. Lavarède for his information on Lavarède and Dr. Mystery and for correcting my errors on the two and on Paul d'Ivoi; M. Lavarède's site, at, is well worth visiting, not least for the excellent image. Thanks to B. Benneworth for various corrections. Thanks to John Burt for information on Prometheus.

A. Abällino to Axel
B. Hajji Baba to Mr. Burton
C. Cahina to Inspector John Cutting
D. The Damned Thing to Dyson
E. Robert Easterley to Pedro Arbuez d'Espila
F. Fantomas to the Fulgurator
G. "G" to Dr. Ginochio Gyves
H. Les Habits Noir to the Hypnotist
I-J. Ichor to Rob Joslyn
K. Kai Lung to Kreuzgang.
L. Lady Detectives to Arsène Lupin
M. Madame Koluchy to Dora Myrl
N. Nameless Child to Alice Nutter
O. Jack O'Halloran to Ozmar the Mystic
P. Pan to Psammead
Q. Dr. Jack Quartz to Quong Lung
R. A.J. Raffles to Lord Ruthven
S. Mr. Sabin to Count Szémioth
T-U. Adrian Temple to Undine
V. Vaila to Vril
W. Hilda Wade to Wung-Ti
Y. Yákoff to Yuki-onna
Z. Zaleski to Zoe

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