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Sit back and relax with a Victorian tale of... Well, see below for a host of options! You'll find some genuine classics here. (Please see our "Just for Kids" section for a selection of Victorian children's stories.)

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes No collection of Victorian fiction would be complete without a nod to the most famous Victorian detective of them all! So here are the first six Sherlock Holmes stories published by The Strand -- exactly as they were published!

The Strand - 1891
A Scandal in Bohemia
The Red-Headed League
A Case of Identity
The Boscombe Valley Mystery
The Five Orange Pips
The Man with the Twisted Lip

More Great Tales from the Very First Strand Magazine

The Strand - 1891
The Architect's Wife
From the Spanish of Antonio Trueba.
The Bundle of Letters
From the Hungarian of Moritz Jokal - a nice bit of suspense!
Jerry Stokes, by Grant Allen
A legal drama set in Ontario.
Making an Angel, by J. Harwood Panting
But was it a dream?
The Notorious Miss Anstruther, by E.W. Hornung
A tale from the creator of "Raffles."
Otto's Folly
From the German of P.K. Rosseger.
A Passion in the Desert, by Balzac
I remember this tale from a book I read as a child titled Big Cats, so imagine my delight to rediscover it here!
The Pioneer's Trunk, by Bret Harte
The Pistol Shot, by Alexander Pushkin
The Postmistress of Laurel Run, by Bret Harte
The Queen of Spades, by Alexander Pushkin
This was one of those tales we got force-fed in high school, but that was actually enjoyable!
A Thing that Glistened, by Frank Stockton
The Voice of Science


Girls' Own Paper - 1882-1883
Robina Crusoe and Her Lonely Island Home, by Elizabeth Whitaker
Sound a bit derivative? Well, for anyone who loved Robinson Crusoe or Swiss Family Robinson, this will be a treat!


Girls' Own Paper - 1886-1887
Some of the Poetry We Read, by Gleeson White
"A few notes on the modern use of the old French metrical forms."

Girls' Own Paper - 1888-1889
Poets Over-Seas, by Gleeson White
An interesting look at American poetry (from the British perspective).

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