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  • Illustrations to Nicholas Nickleby

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    In November 1837 Charles Dickens signed a contract with the publishers Chapman and Hall for a new novel ‘of a similar ch...

  • Lives of the most notorious highwaymen, footpads a...

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    Lives of the Most Notorious Highwaymen is a collection of biographical articles about the careers of Britain’s most famo...

  • Penny dreadful, Black Bess

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    Black Bess is a heavily fictionalised account of the life and death of the infamous English highway bandit Dick Turpin ...

  • Penny dreadful, Cockney Adventures

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    Among the lighter early penny periodicals with a London theme was Cockney Adventures and Tales of London Life, published...

  • Penny dreadful, Ela the Outcast

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    Ela the Outcast is an example of a highly successful penny dreadful. The 18th edition (the earliest in the British Libra...

  • Penny dreadful, Gentleman Jack

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    Gentleman Jack is an example of a penny dreadful in the popular highwayman tradition. Created by James Malcolm Rymer, a...

  • Penny dreadful, Jack Harkaway's Schooldays

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    Penny bloods and penny dreadfuls provided cheap, entertaining reading for the rapidly growing urban working classes. The...

  • Penny dreadful, The Black Band

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    ‘The amount of crime, treachery, murder and slow poisoning, & general infamy required by the halfpenny reader is somethi...

  • Penny dreadful, The Boy Detective

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    Published as a 72-part serial, The Boy Detective was part of a trend for cheaply produced mystery novels set in the kin...

  • Penny dreadful, The Flying Dutchman

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    One of the most prolific writers of penny dreadfuls was Thomas Peckett Prest (1810–1859). The Flying Dutchman; or, the D...

  • Penny dreadful, The Lambs of Littlecote

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    The Victorian period saw the rise and decline of the ‘penny dreadful’, or ‘penny blood’, which provided cheap, entertain...

  • Penny dreadful, The Mysteries of London

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    Published in 624 weekly volumes over 12 years, and amounting to some 4.5 million words in total, Mysteries of London has...

  • Penny dreadful, The Poor Boys of London

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    The Poor Boys of London was a 41-part serialised novel, in which the author attempted to show how poverty and bad compan...

  • Penny dreadful, The Wild Boys of London

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    Consisting of loosely linked stories about a gang of juvenile criminals, The Wild Boys of London was only moderately suc...

  • Penny dreadful, The Work Girls of London

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    The Work Girls of London is a cautionary melodrama about the innocence of young women and the corrupting influence of t...