The Polack Archive

Follow this link to a digital edition of Maria Polack’s novel, Fiction Without Romance; or The Locket-Watch. Polack is the first East Ender and English Jew to publish a novel. Fiction Without Romance, which first appeared in 1830 as a two-volume novel, was published by the radical press, Effingham Wilson, and was printed by one of the most prominent East End printers, J. Wertheimer.

This digital edition makes Polack’s work widely available to the public for the first time since 1830. In addition to publishing the original pages of the novel, The Polack Archive also contains the unusual paratexts included in the British Library copy of this novel, including the subscription list and an early title page. The contents of the subscription list have been combined with subscription lists for other East End or Jewish women’s literary activities to form a growing data set that can be used to study Polack’s community. The data set and visualizations are all part of this archive, enabling us to study the data, raise new questions, and interpret the uses and meanings of subscription throughout London and the Atlantic World from 1812-1856.