From the Penny Dreadful to the Ha' Penny Dreadfuller: A Bibliographic History of the Boys' Periodical in Britain 1762-1950
Place Published: London and New Castle, Delawar
Publisher: The British Library; Oak Knoll Press
Date Published: 2013
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 39379
576pp. Octavo [25 cm] Black cloth covered boards with a gilt stamped title on the spine. In a pictorial dust jacket.
From the publisher- "This book tells, for the first time, the full history of the British boys' periodical, from its origins in the second half of the 18th century to its decline after the Second World War. It contains 100 black-and-white illustrations and 16 in color.Beginning with educational and religious magazines, it follows the trail through the violent and sensational 'penny blood' which thrived between around 1830 and 1870, to early attempts to entertain as well as educate boys through monthly magazines, and the ground-breaking weekly story papers and 'penny dreadfuls' of Edwin J. Brett, beginning with Boys of England in 1866, and his rivalry with the Emmett brothers and other publishers.It also looks at cheap periodical publishing for boys in America, before exploring the introduction of more 'respectable' periodicals such as the Boy's Own Paper and Chums, and the attempts of a young Alfred Harmsworth, later Lord Northcliffe and founder of the Amalgamated Press, to usurp the 'penny dreadful' by producing the 'ha'penny dreadfuller.'"