Cheap Literature and Juvenile Crime

Background

This article from The Times newspaper on 17 August 1895 reports concerns of the MP for Tipperary about the damaging effects of 'cheap literature' on the behaviour of young people.

At this time the 'Penny Dreadful' was popular amongst young people. Penny Dreadfuls provided cheap and entertaining reading. They were filled with sensationalist and often gruesome stories of crime, war and adventure.

Taken from: The Times, page 6 column c
Date: 17 August 1895
Copyright: By permission of the British Library Board
Shelfmark: Newspaper Library