publication . Article . 2013


Brake, Laurel; Mussell, James;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
  • Publisher: Birkbeck College
  • Country: United Kingdom
When W. T. Stead died on the Titanic he was the most famous Englishman on board. A mass of contradictions and a crucial figure in the history of the British press, Stead was a towering presence in the cultural life of late-Victorian and Edwardian society. In this introduction, we consider Stead as a ‘mass of contradictions’ and offer a few ways in which his prodigious output and activity might be understood.
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4 'The Masterpiece Library - Preliminary Announcement', Review of Reviews, April 1895, p. 386.

5 W. T. Stead, 'Programme', Review of Reviews, January 1890, p. 14; 'Seeking Counsel of the Wise', Borderland, July 1893, p. 7. See also Justin Sausman, 'The Democratisation of the Spook: W. T. Stead and the Invention of Public Occultism', in W. T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary, ed. by Brake and others, pp. 149-65.

6 For the most well-known of Stead's endorsement of personality, see 'The Future of Journalism', Contemporary Review, November 1886, pp. 663-79 (p. 663).

7 W. T. Stead, 'My Experience in Automatic Writing', Borderland, July 1893, p. 40.

8 See, for instance, Judith R. Walkowitz, City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in LateVictorian London (London: Virago, 1992), p. 126; Roy Jenkins, Sir Charles Dilke: A Victorian Tragedy (London: Fontana, 1968), pp. 234-301.

9 For more on the connections between Stead's occult interests and his journalism see Roger Luckhurst, 'W. T. Stead's Occult Economies', in Culture and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Media, ed. by Louise Henson and others (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004), pp. 125-35.

10 John Durham Peters, 'Discourse Network 1912', in W. T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary, ed. by Brake and others, pp. 166-80.

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