Trollope, Cornhill Magazine and serialisation

Concluding my look at Catherine Delafield’s analytical book Serialization and the Novel in Mid-Victorian Magazines, I will look at how Trollope’s works were published in serial form.

We have seen how Framley Parsonage was serialised in Cornhill Magazine. The fifth Barchester story, The Small House at Allington was also serialised in the Cornhill 18 months later (from September 1862 to April 1864) but the concluding book of that series, The Last Chronicle of Barset was published in stand-alone weekly serial form rather than as part of the magazine.

Between Framley Parsonage  and The Small House at Allington, a non-Barsetshire novel The Struggles of Brown, Jones and Robinson was published in the Cornhill from Augiust 1861 to March 1862 – though it met with less success. Another non-series book, The Claverings was published in the Cornhill between February 1866 and May 1867 (coinciding with the publication of The Last Chronicle of Barset.

The Palliser series was begun in stand-alone monthly publication format with Can You Forgive Her? but Trollope found that there was not so much appetite for this stand-alone serialisation as for inclusion in magazines alongside other material for a not dissimilar price. Thus the remaining books were serialised in magazines, though not the Cornhill. Phineas Finn appeared in St Paul’s Magazine (though not during Trollope’s brief editorship of that magazine), The Eustace Diamonds was serialised monthly in The Fortnightly Review (baffling though that feat might appear to be); Phineas Redux  appeared in The Graphic and The Duke’s Children appeared in Dicken’s magazine All The Year Round. Only The Prime Minister was serialised in stand-alone instalments.

It is notable that when novels were subsequently reproduced in volumes out of the magazine context, there was a significant editing process required to ensure that cross-referencing to earlier issues of the magazines was replaced by equivalent chapter references. Not a task, I think, that Trollope would have enjoyed.


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