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  • Print publication year: 2012
  • Online publication date: May 2012

All the Year Round, 1859–1895

from Annotated Bibliography

Superseding Household Words, All the Year Round kept the layout of its predecessor. Commanded by Charles Dickens, father and son, its principal interest was the newspaper, from London parish to Australian settlement.

1. [Collins, Wilkie]. “Sure To Be Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise.” 1 (1859): 5–10; response, 251.

Satirized newspaper advertising with unbelievable promises. Denounced moneymaking schemes “especially in the cheap newspapers, which have plenty of poor readers hungry for any little addition to their scanty incomes.” Letter confirmed fraudulent advertising.

2. [Hollingshead, John]. “Right Through the Post.” 1 (1859): 190–92.

Watched newspaper transmittal: “Local papers going to London to set an example to the metropolitan press; London papers sucked dry by provincial politicians, and sent across the country to some fourth or fifth day readers.”

3. “All the Year Round at the Post-Office.” 1 (1859): 442.

Announced that the law (18th Victoria, cap. 2) required the date and title of a periodical on each page for post office registration, thence transmission to other countries and the empire.

4. [Hollingshead, John]. “Great Eastern Postscript.” 1 (1859): 546–52.

Defined ‘our own correspondent’ as “a profession…which hangs upon the skirts of literature without being literature.” Pay paralleled risks for “men who live only in action, who feed only upon excitement.” Correspondents covering the Great Eastern explosion were “running historians for running readers.”

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Perceptions of the Press in Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals
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