W. T. Stead

Newspaper Revolutionary

Edited by Laurel Brake, Ed King, Roger Luckhurst, and James Mussell

W. T. Stead

Edited by Laurel Brake, Ed King, Roger Luckhurst, and James Mussell

Distributed for British Library

232 pages | 25 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780712358668 Published March 2013 For sale in North and South America only

Among the hundreds who died when the Titanic sank in the north Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, one of the most famous was William Thomas Stead, an English journalist and editor. An early pioneer of investigative journalism and one of the inventors of the modern tabloid newspaper, Stead was one of the most controversial figures of the Victorian era. His advocacy of “government by journalism” helped launch military and parliamentary campaigns, and his exposé of child prostitution in the “Modern Babylon” of London raised the age of consent to sixteen. But Stead was also a mass of contradictions: a campaigner for women’s rights, he was unnerved by the rise of the New Woman; an advocate of world peace, he promoted huge hikes in defense spending; a political radical and Christian, he was also a spiritualist who took dictation from the dead. This collection of essays, published to mark the centenary of Stead’s death, recovers the story of an extraordinary figure whose impact on modern culture and journalism can still be seen today.

List of Contributors
List of Illustrations
A Stead Chronology
Foreword: Why Stead would have made the right call by being a Phone Hacker
      Roy Greenslade

1. The Provincial Stead
      Tony Nicholson
2. “Characters of Blood and Flame”: Stead and the Tabloid Campaign
      James Mussell
3. W. T. Stead, Late Victorian Feminism, and the Review of Reviews
      Alexis Easley
4. Christianity, Journalism, and Popular Print: W. T. Stead and the Salvation Army
      Elizabeth Tilley
5. Stead Alone: Journalist, Proprietor and Publisher, 1890–1903
      Laurel Brake
6. Stead in America
      John Nerone and Kevin G. Barnhurst
7. W. T. Stead, Imperial Federation, and the South African War
      Simon Potter
8. "Are We Christians?": W. T. Stead, Keir Hardie, and the Boer War
      Deborah Mutch
9. The Democratisation of the Spook: W. T. Stead and the Invention of Public Occultism
      Justin Sausman
10. Discourse Network 1912
      John Durham Peters
11. The Sinking of the Titanic: Stead’s Death (and Slight Return)
      Roger Luckhurst

A Librarian’s Afterword: The British Library Newspaper Collections: Stead in the context of North-East English Newspapers. 1870–80
      Ed King
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