Novels of Interest

16. Finally, publishers selected works to include in collections, for example Corinne (London: Bentley; Edinburgh: Bell and Bradfute; Dublin: Cumming; Paris: Galignani, 1833; 1807) by Germaine de Staël in Bentley’s Standard Novels (No. XXIV, complete in one volume). Following the early Novelist’s Magazine, which contributed to the canonization of some out-of-copyright authors and works, and the great success of early and later collections of Scott’s ‘Waverley novels’, the identification of select novels for repeated and widespread reproduction, often at lower prices, proved highly significant in terms of which novels retained, gained or lost esteem in the public eye.

David Buchanan, University of Alberta, 2013