Penny dreadful, Ela the Outcast

Description

Ela the Outcast is an example of a highly successful penny dreadful. The 18th edition (the earliest in the British Library) boasted a weekly sale of 30,000 copies. Publication extended to 104 numbers over two years, the melodramatic plot prolonged by devices such as interpolated stories and the late introduction of new subplots. Scenes from contemporary melodramas influenced the relatively good quality woodcut illustrations, some signed by J Pickering, which provide what is almost a comic strip summary of the plot.

Full title:
Ela the Outcast; or, The Gipsy of Rosemary Dell. A romance of thrilling interest
Published:
estimated 1841, 231 Shoreditch [High Street?], London
Format:
Penny dreadful / Serial / Illustration / Image
Creator:
Thomas Peckett Prest , J Pickering [illustrator]
Held by:
British Library
Usage terms:
Public Domain
Shelfmark:
12613.dd.1

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