George Newnes and the New Journalism in Britain, 1880-1910

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Jackson, Kate. George Newnes and the New Journalism in Britain, 1880-1910. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001. Print.

Scholars looking to examine the influence of sensational illustrated newspapers on middle class, fin-de-siecle literary magazines will find a wealth of material in George Newnes and the New Journalism in Britain. The book functions both as a biography of Newnes and a historiography of the works he published. It covers the seven periodicals Newnes owned, as well as his perceived role as a “key figure of the so-called New Journalism that ushered in the modern age” (Jackson 2). Author Kate Jackson also situates Newnes within the context of both the British magazine and newspaper industries of the mid- to late-1800s (19) and establishes his role in shaping the tone and image of his periodicals. A chapter devoted to The Strand Magazine is particularly relevant to this course. Jackson portrays this periodical as a “consolidation and celebration” of Newnes’s past work, both in illustrated news and mid-market periodicals (87). She also discusses the magazine’s success among its target audience, calling it “a powerful cultural determinant” within middle-class Britain (88).