Catherine Maxwell
Professor of Victorian Literature, Queen Mary University of London

Catherine Maxwell is professor of Victorian literature at Queen Mary University of London. Her monographs include The Female Sublime from Milton to Swinburne: Bearing Blindness (2001) and Second Sight: The Visionary Imagination in Late Victorian Literature (2008). Her latest book is Scents and Sensibility: Perfume in Victorian Literary Culture (Oxford University Press, 2017). 

Written by Catherine Maxwell

Hypnos c1893 by F Holland Day. Photo courtesy The Royal Photographic Society Collection/Getty

Essay/
Stories and literature
Sweet artifice

Dandies in the age of decadence favoured synthetics over nature, nowhere more so than in perfumery’s fabulous counterfeits

Catherine Maxwell