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Writers, Readers, and ReputationsLiterary Life in Britain 1870-1918$
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Philip Waller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541201.001.0001

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Literary Advice and Advisers

Literary Advice and Advisers

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(p.68) 3 Literary Advice and Advisers
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Writers, Readers, and Reputations
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Philip Waller (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541201.003.0003

This chapter is concerned with who stepped forward to direct the novice reader, beginning with the ‘Best Hundred Books’ phenomenon launched by Sir John Lubbock in 1885. It argues that too much emphasis has been given to Victorians' earnestness and that the sheer enjoyment to be gained from book-reading was proclaimed by a variety of enthusiasts. The spirit of the New Journalism was democratic and eclectic. The foremost popular literary magazine to emerge after the turn of the century — targeting women as well as male readers — was T. P.'s Weekly, founded by T. P. O'Connor, and featuring Arnold Bennett as a regular columnist. Similarly influential among Nonconformist readers, by breaking down their antipathy to fiction, was The British Weekly, whose longstanding editor William Robertson Nicoll also founded The Bookman.

Keywords:   best Hundred Books, victorian earnestness, new Journalism, t. P.'s Weekly, the British Weekly, nonconformist readers

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