New Publication on Dickens & Print Culture – Discount Available

Out Now: Dickens, Reynolds and Mayhew on Wellington Street: The Print Culture of a Victorian Street
Mary L. Shannon, University of Roehampton, UK
(Ashgate: April 2015)

Following a successful launch event at the Menzies Centre, King’s College London this book is now available to buy. Please do consider ordering it for your libraries!

Dickens, Reynolds and Mayhew on Wellington Street: The Print Culture of a Victorian Street discusses, for the first time, the proximity of the offices of Charles Dickens, G.W.M. Reynolds, and Henry Mayhew, in mid 19th-century London. Wellington Street (home to nearly thirty newspapers and periodicals, as well as a theatre and the musical and theatrical press) was a highly significant location for metropolitan print culture because it was a hub of relationships, influences and connections between writers, booksellers, editors, publishers, theatre managers and audiences, and readers. The book uses archival research, literary criticism, and literary geography to explore Wellington Street at different times of the day and to reveal the ways in which its print networks fostered connections between the discourses of journalism, literature, and drama. It reassesses the intersection between print culture, popular culture, the built environment and urban experience, and reveals the links between Wellington Street and the print culture of colonial Melbourne.
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2015 Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize – Winner Announced!

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals is delighted to announce the winner of the 2014 Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize – Caroline Bressey, author of Empire, Race, and the Politics of Anti-Caste (Bloomsbury, 2014). The Colby Prize is awarded to the scholarly book that most advances the understanding of the nineteenth-century British newspaper or periodical press. The selection committee praised Caroline Bressey’s book as innovative and conceptually engaging, citing its challenge to metropolitan-centric modelings of transnational and trans-Atlantic traffic in ideas, people, and publications and its careful contextualization of a pair of periodical case-studies. In engaging prose, the beautifully illustrated book makes original and powerful use of two micro-histories to address a big-picture issue – 19th c. antiracial activism in and beyond Britain and the US. Noting the multiple ways that ideas of geography shape the structure and inform the discourse of the book, the committee singled out its attention not only to periodical communities but also to the social networks supporting these periodical communities.


The committee awarded an “honorable mention” this year to Martin Hewitt, author of The Dawn of the Cheap Press in Victorian Britain: The End of the ‘Taxes on Knowledge,’ 1849-1869. The committee praised Hewett’s wonderfully researched study for its meticulous documentation of “the changes and challenges wrought by the legacy of repeal” of taxes on knowledge in the mid century.