Victorian Popular Fictions 5.1 12 Allen and Thompson


Philistia: Final Chapter (1884) by Grant Allen.

Edited with an Introduction and Note by Scott C. Thompson


Grant Allen’s Philistia (1884) is a naturalist novel that provides a critical commentary on sociopolitical idealism and London’s literary scene. The novel’s original ending was revised and replaced during the publication process in favor of a happier ending. The original ending is published here in print for the first time, with a contextual introduction and textual note. The manuscript has previously been accessible to scholars only in the Paterno Library in University Park, Pennsylvania.


Grant Allen; Philistia; late-Victorian Naturalism; idealism; Herbert Spencer


Date of Acceptance: 27 June 2023

Date of Publication: 5 July 2023

Double Blind Peer Reviewed

Recommended Citation:

Thompson, Scott C., ed. 2023. “Philistia: Final Chapter (1884) by Grant Allen, edited with an Introduction and Note.” Victorian Popular Fictions, 5.1: 171-81. ISSN: 2632-4253 (online) DOI:

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