T.P. Prest Ela the Outcast; or, The Gipsy of Rosemary Dell
(E. Lloyd, 1841)
12613.dd.1    9x10 cm

 

 
Ela the outcast
 
  Penny dreadfuls
 
     
     
 

Ela is an example of a highly successful penny dreadful. The eighteenth 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.