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Richard Marsh, popular fiction and literary culture, 1890-1915Rereading the fin de siècle$
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Victoria Margree, Daniel Orrells, and Minna Vuohelainen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526124340

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526124340.001.0001

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Tall tales and true: Richard Marsh and late Victorian journalism

Tall tales and true: Richard Marsh and late Victorian journalism

(p.27) 2 Tall tales and true: Richard Marsh and late Victorian journalism
Richard Marsh, popular fiction and literary culture, 1890-1915

Nick Freeman

Manchester University Press

Focusing largely on short stories of the 1890s and 1900s, this essay examines Richard Marsh's many similarities and connections with late-Victorian newspapers, particularly the tabloid press typified by George Purkess's Illustrated Police News. It argues that Marsh used the direct and accessible language of popular journalism to clothe his outlandish sensation fiction in the trappings of believability, while at the same time exploiting the literary possibilities of the news itself, notably in his responses to the infamous Jack the Ripper murders in Whitechapel in 1888 in stories such as 'The adventure of the phonograph' (Curios, 1898) and 'A member of the Anti-Tobacco League' (Under One Flag, 1906).

Keywords:   Newspapers, Journalism, Sensation, Whitechapel, Jack the Ripper, Short story, Illustrated Police News

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