The Wire as a lost Victorian novel

In an attempt to rival the awesomeness that is Two Gentlemen of Lebowski,
Joy Delyria and Sean Michael Robinson present “When It’s Not Your Turn: The Quintessentially Victorian Vision of Ogden’s The Wire,” which reimagines HBO’s The Wire as a lost Victorian serialized novel written by a contemporary of Dickens named Horatio Bucklesby Ogden.

There are few works of greater scope or structural genius than the series of fiction pieces by Horatio Bucklesby Ogden, collectively known as The Wire; yet for the most part, this Victorian masterpiece has been forgotten and ignored by scholars and popular culture alike. Like his contemporary Charles Dickens, Ogden has, due to the rough and at times lurid nature of his material, been dismissed as a hack, despite significant endorsements of literary critics of the nineteenth century. Unlike the corpus of Dickens, The Wire failed to reach the critical mass of readers necessary to sustain interest over time, and thus runs the risk of falling into the obscurity of academia. We come to you today to right that gross literary injustice.

[Props=Onion A/V Club]

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One Response to The Wire as a lost Victorian novel

  1. pt dismal says:

    i don’t know about the 2 gentlemen, but this is kinda funny, mainly cause everytime i ever read something about david simon, he always compared the wire to a dickens novel.

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