A Sensation Novel  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
A Sensation Novel is a comic musical play in three acts first performed on January 31, 1871 in London.

A Sensation Novel satirised the sensation novels popular as pulp detective fiction in the Victorian era. The play concerns stock melodrama characters who take on a life of their own and comment negatively on the absurd plot their author forces them into. Music is a continual and essential element of the dramatic action throughout the piece. As scholar Jane W. Stedman observes in Gilbert Before Sullivan, this play anticipates Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author.

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