Serial fiction


1836–37 Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers is published in 20 monthly installments. It establishes the popularity and financial viability of serializing narrative fiction.

1844–45 The Count of Monte Cristo, a thrilling adventure of a man’s false imprisonment and his subsequent revenge, by Alexandre Dumas, is published in installments.


1856 Gustave Flaubert’s debut novel Madame Bovary appears in serial form in the literary magazine Revue de Paris.

1868 Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone proves so popular that it is extended from 26 to 32 serialized episodes.

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