Curiosities of Street Literature

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

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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.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 240 b/w illus.
  • 1139105558
  • 9781139105552

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Introduction; 1. A collection of 'cocks', or 'catchpennies', street drolleries, squibs, histories, comic tales in prose and verse; 2. A collection of broadsides on the Royal Family, political litanies, dialogues, catechisms, Acts of Parliament, and various street ballads and papers on political subjects; 3. A collection of ballads on a subject; 4. The 'gallows' literature of the streets. Public executions, dying speeches, confessions, and copy of verses.
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