This book explores the theme of gambling in a wide range of nineteenth-century English novels. It examines the representation of gambling in the novels themselves and the role that gambling played in the lives of the individual novelists. It also considers the significance of gambling in the novels within the wider context of the development of Victorian society. Gambling in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel not only provides fresh readings of established texts within a distinctive social and cultural context, but is also a comprehensive barometer of the social history of the time as attitudes towards leisure change.
Michael Flavin is the author of Gambling in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel: A Leprosy is oer the Land. He has lectured at Canterbury Christ Church University College (19992001). He is currently Head of English at Rochester Independent College and lectures in nineteenth-century literature at the Open University.