The Sunday Times (148 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

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The Sunday Times had a brief pre-history as first The New Observer and then The Independent Observer, beginning publication in the Spring of 1821. In the last of a series of attempts to associate itself with more established publications, although it had no institutional connection to either The Observer or The Times, it was re-launched by Henry White in October 1822 as The Sunday Times, and the following year sold to radical politician Daniel Whittle Harvey. It soon developed a respectable reputation for measured, dignified writing. During the subsequent decades, it was also innovative in several ways: in 1838, after Queen Victoria's coronation, it published the largest wood illustration ever b…

Editors. "The Sunday Times". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
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