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Éditeur : C. Arthur Pearson Ltd. July - December 1897 (volume IV)., London
Date d'édition : 1897
Reliure : Soft cover
Octavo, six issues, numerous illustrations, publisher's pictorial bevel-edged sea green cloth stamped in dark green, black and gold, yellow coated endpapers. Fiction in this volume includes the last six installments of Wells' THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (illustrated by Warwick Goble), his most famous work; further installments of Cutcliffe Hyne's THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN KETTLE, which did more to boost the popularity of PEARSON'S than any other series or feature; the first six installments of STORIES OF THE RED CROSS by L. T. Meade and Clifford Halifax; I. D. B. by George Griffith (six interconnected short stories); the fourth installment of TALES OF THE HIGH SEAS by Conan Doyle; "The Tomb of His Ancestors" by Rudyard Kipling; and stories by Robert Hichens, Morley Roberts, Robert Barr, and others. The period around the turn-of-the-century was a golden age for the print media, including the magazine, and this meant, among other things, that it was a golden age for the short story. In England, THE STRAND led the way in the 1890s, and PEARSON'S MAGAZINE followed close behind. Aiming at a somewhat less sophisticated audience than THE STRAND (targeting high school graduates, typically, rather than college graduates), it offered, in addition to articles on catchy subjects, fiction of the romance/adventure type (neither highbrow nor sensationalistic). And, as THE STRAND had shown the way, PEARSON'S shunned the serialized novel found in Victorian magazines. In particular it made a staple of the short story series with a recurring hero: self-contained stories in each issue that gave the reader a feeling of continuity with his past and future adventures. If it was Sherlock Holmes who built THE STRAND (an exaggeration, of course), it was Cutcliffe Hyne's Captain Kettle who built PEARSON'S. Most other authors of popular fiction appeared frequently in PEARSON'S, including H. G. Wells, Baroness Orczy, Raphael Sabatini, R. Austin Freeman, Allen Upward, Barry Pain, W. L. Alden, and many others. This was also a golden age for the art of illustration, which included adult fiction, a market that has since disappeared, and the slick magazines from this period (including PEARSON'S) offer a rich storehouse of such art." Cloth rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, a bit of general dust soiling to cloth, inner hinges cracked, a very good, structurally sound copy. Bound without original covers or ads, as was standard procedure of the time. (#154759). N° de réf. du libraire 154759
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