Ward & Lock closely followed Routledge as the most prolific publisher of yellowbacks, producing series such as the Run and Read Library, and early yellowback editions of Mrs. Braddon's novels, as well as popular non-fiction works. Henry James's The American appeared for the first time in England in 1877, as number 32 in their Favourite Authors series. The publication was unauthorized, and James complained that it was 'vilely printed', with 'whole paragraphs omitted'.
The volumes shown here are typical examples of Ward & Lock's early small format and later large format yellowbacks.
- Article by:
- Judith Flanders
- Popular culture, Crime and crime fiction, Reading and print culture
The penny dreadful was a 19th-century publishing phenomenon. Judith Flanders explains what made these cheap, sensational, highly illustrated stories so popular with the Victorian public.