Sir George Newnes (2359 words)


A central editor, publisher, and periodical proprietor of late nineteenth-century Britain, George Newnes is remembered today principally for his contribution to the rise of New Journalism. He is also well-known for his periodicals, the most successful of which were the hugely-popular penny weekly Tit-Bits and the highly-influential illustrated monthly The Strand Magazine (the journal that made Sherlock Holmes a cultural phenomenon).

Born on March 13, 1851, George Newnes grew up in Matlock Bath, a small spa town in the Peak District – a rural area of Northern England between Manchester and Nottingham. His bookish father, the Reverend Thomas Mold Newnes, was a Congregational minister. His mother, Sarah …

Citation: Vranken, Thomas. "Sir George Newnes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 March 2020 [, accessed 12 July 2020.]

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