Curiosities of Street Literature Comprising 'Cocks,' or 'Catchpennies'

by Charles Hindley

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies Series

Curiosities of Street Literature Comprising 'Cocks,' or 'Catchpennies' Synopsis

Broadsheet papers were a popular forerunner of the tabloid newspaper, providing sensational descriptions of current events, especially violent crimes, executions and political scandal. Illustrated with satirical cartoons and often recounting stories in verse, the legacy of broadsheets can be seen in later publications such as Private Eye. This book, first published in 1871 by Charles Hindley (d. 1893), is a collection of notable and popular extracts from broadsheets, such as those produced by James Catnach. Although a wide variety of subjects were covered, including natural disasters, elopements, Parliamentary business and royal events, broadsheets were at their most profitable and lurid when reporting crime stories. Included in this text are accounts of famous cases such as Burke and Hare, child-killer Constance Kent and the Red Barn Murder. The book is an invaluable resource for social historians and provides fascinating insights into the Victorian media and the origins of today's mass media.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108038676
Publication date: 8th December 2011
Author: Charles Hindley
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 266 pages
Categories: Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 ,

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