The Wreck of the Grosvenor

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For the unrelated 1782 wreck of the same name see Wreck of the Grosvenor
First edition title page

The Wreck of the Grosvenor (1877)[1] is a nautical novel by William Clark Russell first published in 3 volumes by Sampson Low. According to John Sutherland, it was "the most popular mid-Victorian melodrama of adventure and heroism at sea."[2] It remained popular and widely read in illustrated editions well into the first half of the 20th century.[3] It was Russell's best selling and most well known novel.[3] Russell noted in a preface, the novel 'found its first and best welcome in the United States.'[2]

The novel was published nearly a century after the actual Wreck of the Grosvenor, in 1782; coincidentally the novel has the same name but is otherwise unrelated.


  1. ^ Commonly incorrectly stated as published anonymously in 1875.
  2. ^ a b John Sutherland (1990) [1989]. "The Wreck of the Grosvenor". The Stanford Companion to Victorian Literature. p. 681. 
  3. ^ a b William Russell obituary, The New York Times, Nov 9, 1911.

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