Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Dictionary of Victorian Insults & Niceties

The Dictionary of Victorian Insults & Niceties is a resource for historical fiction author, and lovers of Victorian culture.

This dictionary will differ from other resources that are available by only including words that entered the language during the ninetieth century. In order to be more accessible to authors, it will also be organized by category (adjectives, insults, expressions, niceties, etc.) to make finding the right term easier for the reader.

Writing about a specific period? The year that the word first entered the language will be included with the definition.
chattermag (1844) an overly-talkative woman.
It’s a resource that I would like to be able to offer for free, as a beautifully designed eBook. To make the ebook beautiful and free, I would like to included beautiful and relevant Dickensian-style adverts.

Not only did he teach us how to celebrate Christmas, Charles Dickens helped define the Victorian Era. His novels were first published in instalments, filled with adverts for the products of his day. Victorianists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, even celebrate Dickens’ advertising with an online image gallery.

I would like to mimic those styles in the Dictionary with one magical difference. Because the first edition of the Dictionary will be an ebook, the ads can be electronic, which means that I can link them to my sponsors’ web sites.

For more information, or to be part of this exciting project, contact

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