Edward Lloyd and his World

18 June 2016, 10:00 - 16:30
Westminster Central Archive, 10 St Ann's St, London SW1P 2DE

Sensationalism, Radical Reform, Popular Fiction, and the Press in Victorian Britain

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This one-day conference is devoted to exploring the world of Victorian popular fiction, publishing, politics and the press through the figure of Edward Lloyd (1815-1890).  The conference will be a major act of recovery, exploring Lloyd as an eminent Victorian who had a profound impact on popular culture.

From his publishing base in Salisbury Square off Fleet Street, his penny dreadfuls dominated the early Victorian fiction market with plagiarisms of Dickens and tales such as Varney the Vampire and the first Sweeney Todd story. Lloyd's publications have shaped horror fiction ever since.

Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper became the first paper to sell a million copies and helped establish the template for the popular press with its emphasis on sensationalism. Throughout his life Lloyd was a major entrepreneur, but was also associated with radical and liberal reform. We will examine Lloyd and his publications as well as the larger context of popular culture, fiction and journalism between 1840 and 1890.

Stephen Jarvis, author of the acclaimed new novel Death and Mr. Pickwick, will deliver a talk about his book.

This conference is organised by the Labour History Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin University. For more information, please contact Rohan McWilliam.

Event Details

18 June 2016, 10:00 - 16:30
Westminster Central Archive, 10 St Ann's St, London SW1P 2DE

Booking is required for this event.  To reserve your place, please email archives@westminster.gov.uk or call 020 7641 5180.