The Revisioning of Ogden’s “The Wire”

This is probably one of the best blog posts I've read in awhile:

“When It’s Not Your Turn”: The Quintessentially Victorian Vision of Ogden’s “The Wire” 
by Sean Michael Robinson
There are few works of greater scope or structural genius than the series of fiction pieces by Horatio Bucklesby Ogden, collectively known as The Wire; yet for the most part, this Victorian masterpiece has been forgotten and ignored by scholars and popular culture alike.  Like his contemporary Charles Dickens, Ogden has, due to the rough and at times lurid nature of his material, been dismissed as a hack, despite significant endorsements of literary critics of the nineteenth century.  Unlike the corpus of Dickens, The Wire  failed to reach the critical mass of readers necessary to sustain interest over time, and thus runs the risk of falling into the obscurity of academia.  We come to you today to right that gross literary injustice. [keep reading]

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