Anonymous: Newgate Calendar. (65 words)

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This was the first of what was to become a minor genre compiling documents and stories of crimes committed by those who nominally passed through Newgate gaol in London. The calendar founded a genre, and itself went through several later revisions (1824, 1826), but is mainly known as a source book for and influence on many later criminal novels, notably those of Ainsworth, Bulwer-Lytton, Dickens and Godwin.

Editors. "Newgate Calendar. ". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 January 2004
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