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The Year 1837 was very significant It was not only the year that Queen Victoria acceded the throne but also the year that a new literary age was coined The Victorian Age more formally known was a time of great prosperity in Great Britains literatureKeach 608 The Victorian Age produced a variety of changes Political and social reform produced a variety of reading among all classesStuart 5 The lower-class became more self-conscious the middle class more powerful and the rich became more vulnerable6 The novels of Charles Dickens the poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson and Robert Browning the dramatic plays of Oscar Wilde the scientific discoveries of the Darwins and the religious revolt of Newman all helped to enhance learning and literacy in the Victorian society Of all of the Literary eras the Victorian age gave a new meaning to the word controversy Writers of that time challenged the ideas of religion crime sexuality chauvinism and over all social controversiesBrown 16 Queen Victoria influenced the literary age herself She loved to read and she was educated in the finest schools in Great BritainFraiser 278 Queen Victoria encouraged reading among all of her people She gave out free books to children and she built schools for the lower classes Also the Queen invited prominent Victorian age writers such as Alfred Lord Tennyson and Charles Dickens to read privately to her in Buckingham PalacePackard 59 Gibson 2 The Victorian Age was also an era of several unsettling social developments This forced writers to take positions on immediate issues animating the
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