It was not so much a novel, as it was a soap opera. Anna Karenina was serialized by Tolstoy over 4 years. Unlike novels today with an inciting incident, rising action, climax, denouement, etc., this story meanders for 681 pages (the version I read). Perhaps the reading audience of the 19th Century expected a long-term relationship with their fictional characters–not unlike long running television programs like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Lost.” And like “Lost” fans, Tolstoy’s fans were probably sad to see it come to an end.
That is not Anna Karenina. But it is a photo of a corpse. If you are so inclined you can view more on the Pinterest board Victorian Post Mortem Photos. I stumbled upon this discovery when looking for post-mortem photos for this post. Apparently post-mortem photography was big business during the Victorian era. Before Instamatics, Polarids and digital photography, many people only ever had one photo taken of themselves–after they were dead.