Analysis: General Statistics

Coverage

Currently, the database contains 22,423 title entries, 5,117 author entries, and 703 publisher entries between the years 1837 and 1901. In addition, the database contains 3,320 serialized titles (14.8% of all titles) from 289 periodicals. Data visualizations of authorship and publishing data can be found on the Data Visualizations page.

Progress

No one knows how many works of fiction the Victorians wrote and published. Several estimates exist however. A statistical estimate by Riddell and Betancourt (2021) give an upper maximum of 34,000 published fiction titles. Using the annual reports from the Publishers' Circular, Sutherland (1989) posits "somewhere around 60,000 works of adult and juvenile fiction published" during the period. Based on these estimates, ATCL is somewhere between 37.4% and 66.0% complete.

Authorship

Gender of Authors

  • Women: 2,082 authors
  • Men: 2,507 authors
  • Unknown: 608 authors

Most Prolific Authors

  1. Emma Marshall, 150 titles.
  2. Evelyn Ward Everett Green, 136 titles.
  3. William Henry Giles Kingston, 121 titles.
  4. George Manville Fenn, 117 titles.
  5. Emma Leslie, 102 titles.
  6. Margaret Oliphant, 100 titles.
  7. George Alfred Henty, 94 titles.
  8. Charlotte Mary Yonge, 81 titles.
  9. Henrietta Eliza Vaughan Stannard, 78 titles.
  10. Elizabeth Thomasina Meade, 77 titles.
  11. Mary Louisa Molesworth, 74 titles.
  12. Henrietta Keddie, 74 titles.
  13. Annie S. Swan, 73 titles.
  14. R. M. Ballantyne, 71 titles.
  15. Charlotte Maria Tucker, 69 titles.
  16. Florence Marryat, 67 titles.
  17. William Clark Russell, 66 titles.
  18. Annie Thomas, 66 titles.
  19. William Gordon Stables, 65 titles.
  20. Mary Elizabeth Braddon, 64 titles.

Titles per Author by Gender

  • Women wrote 10,904 titles (5.3 per author)
  • Men wrote 9,920 titles (4.0 per author)
  • Unknown wrote 1,599 titles (2.7 per author)

Most Prolific Serial Authors

Note: counts distinct titles, both novels and short story collections.

  1. Margaret Oliphant, 62 titles.
  2. Mary Elizabeth Braddon, 60 titles.
  3. James Payn, 48 titles.
  4. Walter Besant, 43 titles.
  5. Anthony Trollope, 42 titles.
  6. William Harrison Ainsworth, 39 titles.
  7. George Manville Fenn, 32 titles.
  8. Ellen Wood, 31 titles.
  9. Annie S. Swan, 28 titles.
  10. Dora Russell, 27 titles.
  11. Frederick William Robinson, 26 titles.
  12. Wilkie Collins, 26 titles.
  13. Jules Verne, 26 titles.
  14. William Clark Russell, 26 titles.
  15. William Edward Norris, 25 titles.
  16. Joyce Emmerson Preston Muddock, 25 titles.
  17. Benjamin Leopold Farjeon, 25 titles.
  18. Grant Allen, 25 titles.
  19. Arthur Conan Doyle, 24 titles.
  20. William Black, 24 titles.

Publishing

Most Prolific Publishers

  1. Hurst and Blackett, 1,140 titles.
  2. Bentley, 1,126 titles.
  3. Chapman and Hall, 672 titles.
  4. Sampson Low, 659 titles.
  5. S. P. C. K., 616 titles.
  6. F. V. White, 615 titles.
  7. Tinsley Brothers, 602 titles.
  8. Chatto and Windus, 598 titles.
  9. Routledge, 574 titles.
  10. T. C. Newby, 523 titles.
  11. Smith, Elder, 518 titles.
  12. R. T. S., 513 titles.
  13. Ward, Lock, 473 titles.
  14. Macmillan, 470 titles.
  15. James Nisbet, 353 titles.
  16. Hutchinson, 342 titles.
  17. Nelson and Sons, 327 titles.
  18. Longman, 320 titles.
  19. T. Fisher Unwin, 310 titles.
  20. Blackie, 309 titles.

Publishing Formats

  • One-volume titles: 15,102 titles (67.4% total titles)
  • Two-volume titles: 2,135 titles (9.5% total titles)
  • Three-volume titles: 5,167 titles (23.0% total titles)
  • Four-volume titles: 19 titles (0.1% total titles)

Most Prolific Fiction-Carrying Periodicals

Note: counts novels only, not short stories.

  1. Manchester Weekly Times, 138 serialized titles.
  2. Temple Bar, 101 serialized titles.
  3. Newcastle Weekly Chronicle, 83 serialized titles.
  4. All the Year Round, 80 serialized titles.
  5. The Cardiff Times, 78 serialized titles.
  6. Good Words, 76 serialized titles.
  7. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, 74 serialized titles.
  8. Cornhill Magazine, 73 serialized titles.
  9. The Lancashire Evening Post, 71 serialized titles.
  10. Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, 70 serialized titles.
  11. Boy's Own Paper, 67 serialized titles.
  12. The Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough, 66 serialized titles.
  13. Leisure Hour, 59 serialized titles.
  14. Macmillan's Magazine, 55 serialized titles.
  15. Belgravia, 55 serialized titles.
  16. Sunday Magazine for Family Reading, 55 serialized titles.
  17. The Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 54 serialized titles.
  18. Sheffield Independent, 53 serialized titles.
  19. Bolton Weekly Journal, 51 serialized titles.
  20. London Society, 49 serialized titles.

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