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

The Dark Blue, 1871–1873

from Annotated Bibliography

Created by Oxonians, the Dark Blue noticed the press across the globe.

1. Lang, Andrew. “Théophile Gautier.” 1 (1871): 26–35.

Biography of Gautier, the French poet, critic, and journalist, noted his late entry into journalism but only specified his work for the Chronique de Paris, edited by Honoré de Balzac.

2. “The Life and Times of Henry, Lord Brougham, Written by Himself.” 1 (1871): 253–54.

Credited Brougham for much of the success of the early Edinburgh Review.

3. Rawlins, W. D. “The ‘Tatler in Cambridge.’” 1 (1871): 628–29.

Welcomed a new triweekly quarto that had “literary merit.”

4. [Quin, W. T. W., 4th] Earl Dunraven. “Personal Reminiscences of a War Correspondent at Versailles.” 2 (1871–72): 549–56, 715–29.

Recalled a sojourn at Versailles, during the Franco-Prussian War, when “anxious correspondents endeavoured to weave ‘copy’ from the casual observations of diplomatic lips.” The careful correspondent, “who writes contemporaneous history,” helped to separate truth from error, so it was “a very great evil that the public should expect from war correspondents a never-failing supply of interesting letters, full of ghostly horrors or picturesque scenes, and resonant with the din of battle.” Correspondents should provide the facts impartially, and a war editor, which every paper needed, should write the stories.

5. “Oxford Chit-Chat.” 3 (1872): 474–77.

Noticed among Oxford weeklies the informative Oxford Times on Friday and the Oxford Guardian on Wednesday. Aside that “street arabs” daily pressured people to buy London's Echo.

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Perceptions of the Press in Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals
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