A WEEKLY JOURNAL OF FACT AND FICTION
Mary Elizabeth Braddon Pages by Jennifer Carnell
The first 13 weekly instalments of Lady Audley's Secret were first published in a new magazine founded by John Maxwell. Like the Welcome Guest, it was designed to appeal to the masses and was priced at twopence per issue. The magazine was edited by Charles Mackay and Lascelles Wraxall, and Braddon volunteered to supply the lead serial when another author failed to deliver their manuscript.
Despite the interest the story attracted, the magazine was not a success and folded after 13 issues. Thanks to reader demands, the serial was published anew and continued in another Maxwell publication, the Sixpenny Magazine.
The first issue of Robin Goodfellow, published Saturday 6 July, 1861. Price 2d.
An advert for the first two issues of the short-lived Robin Goodfellow, published July 20 1861.
A page long advert for the launch of Robin Goodfellow, published
in the Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine in June 1861.
'Another new Journal! Why not? The world is wide - and there is room enough for every one to elbow his way to the platform , where he may address the people; certain of an audience if he can speak common sense in good English, and keep them in good humour. This is what the Editor and Contributors of "Robin Goodfellow" aspire to do. They will avoid all politics - all controversies - and all acerbities; and strive to provide , for the recreation and instruction of their readers, the best Novels and Tales - the ablest social Essays - the raciest and most truthful Sketches of life and manners that the Literature of the age can produce, or that the money of the Proprietor can purchase.'
read more about the serialisation in The Literary Lives of Mary Elizabeth Braddon by Jennifer Carnell (Biography)
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