Saturday, January 11, 2014

Remarkable Lives – Splendidly Illustrated – The New NEWGATE CALENDAR

[1] Jonathan Bradford; or, the Murder at the Roadside Inn.

“What he [Charles Dickens] liked to talk about was the latest new piece at the theatres, the latest exciting trial or police case, the latest social craze or social swindle, and especially the latest murder and the newest thing in ghosts” Things I have seen and people I have known (1894) by George Augustus Sala 
[2] The New Newgate Calendar wrapper or cover.

“We see no reason why this should not become a fashionable journal. It opens handsomely with a picture of a short-haired hero with a chopper, chopping at the head of a gentleman who lies on a bed with his feet where his head ought to be. A beautiful girl, the heroine, is holding a candle to the hero with the chopper that he may see to amuse himself with his lively and no doubt wholesome bit of gymnastics. She looks on with quiet, sentimental interest at the chopping exercise, and a gentleman with a smile on his face is going out at the room door.” – ‘Kitchen Literature’, The Examiner, January 2, 1864

The New Newgate Calendar, containing the Remarkable Lives and Trials of  Notorious Criminals Past and Present, was published in London by E. Harrison since the last week of 1863 and ran for 80 weekly numbers to 1865 (Frank Jay said it ran to “about 120 nos.”). Harrison was advertising a fresh printing on April 13, 1867. The authorial method was to mix newspaper accounts, some real and some invented, accounts from the Newgate Calendars, and fiction, to produce startling once-a-week serials.
[3] The Murder of Maria Marten in the Red Barn at Polstead.
[4] The Murder of Maria Marten at the Red Barn.
[5] Tales from the Diary of a Bow Street Runner.
[6] The Railway Train Tragedy.
[7] Portrait of Muller – the Murderer.
[8] The Life of Mother Brownrigg, the Torturer and Murderess of Parish Apprentices.
[9] Mrs. Brownrigg Conducted to the Court.
[10] Eliza Grimwood; or, the Mystery of Crime.
[11] Jenny Diver, the Female MacHeath, Known as the Queen of the Pickpockets.
[12] The Hammersmith Ghost.
[13] The Adventures of Hardy Vaux, Rake, Swindler, and Robber, and Greatest Rogue of the Eighteenth Century.
[14] Mathew Henderson, Murderer of Lady Dalrymple.
[15] Renwick Williams, Known as the London Monster, Stabbing Miss Porter.
[16] The Mannings; or, Crime and its Victims.

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