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The Diaries of Anthony Hewitson, Provincial Journalist, Volume 1: 1865–1887 - cover image

Copyright

Andrew Hobbs;

Published On

2022-09-26

ISBN

Paperback978-1-80064-236-2
Hardback978-1-80064-237-9
PDF978-1-80064-238-6
HTML978-1-80064-688-9
XML978-1-80064-241-6
EPUB978-1-80064-239-3
AZW3978-1-80064-240-9

Language

  • English

Print Length

726 pages (l+676)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 37 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.46" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 38 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.5" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback1003g (35.38oz)
Hardback1185g (41.80oz)

Media

Illustrations8

Funding

  • The Marc Fitch Fund
  • Historic Society of Lancashire & Cheshire

LCCN

2021386018

BIC

  • KNTJ
  • JFD
  • 3JH

BISAC

  • SOC052000
  • HIS015060
  • LAN008000

LCC

  • PN5123.A77

Keywords

  • Anthony Hewitson
  • Victorian journalist
  • provincial newspaper
  • diaries
  • creation of Victorian newspapers
  • Victorian fatherhood
  • Victorian town

The Diaries of Anthony Hewitson, Provincial Journalist, Volume 1

1865–1887

This book is part of a 2-volume set. The other volume in the set is:
Anthony Hewitson (1836-1912) was a typical Victorian journalist, working in one of the largest sectors of the periodical press, provincial newspapers. His diaries, written between 1862 and 1912, lift the veil of anonymity hiding the people, processes and networks involved in the creation of Victorian newspapers. They also tell us about Victorian fatherhood, family life, and the culture of a Victorian town.

Diaries of nineteenth-century provincial journalists are extremely rare. Anthony Hewitson went from printer’s apprentice to newspaper reporter and eventually editor of his own paper. Every night he jotted down the day’s doings, his thoughts and feelings. The diaries are a lively account of the reporter’s daily round, covering meetings and court cases, hunting for gossip or attending public executions and variety shows, in and around Preston, Lancashire.

Andrew Hobbs’s introduction and footnotes provide background and analysis of these valuable documents. This full scholarly edition offers a wealth of new information about reporting, freelancing, sub-editing, newspaper ownership and publishing, and illuminates aspects of Victorian periodicals and culture extending far beyond provincial newspapers.

The Diaries of Anthony Hewitson, Provincial Journalist are an indispensable research tool for local and regional historians, as well as social and political historians with an interest in Victorian studies and the media. They are also illuminating for anyone interested in nineteenth-century social and cultural history.

Open Book Publishers gratefully acknowledge funding for this book from the Marc Fitch Fund, the Historic Society of Lancashire & Cheshire, and the University of Central Lancashire.

Endorsements

This is tremendous work, which provides an important insight into not only the working practices of nineteenth-century local journalism, but also the political, social and cultural life of a lively northern town, as seen through the eyes of a fascinating, very engaged individual who was a member of wide-ranging and influential social, cultural and political networks, which, although focussing on Preston, clearly extended much more widely.

Dr Andrew Jackson

Bishop Grosseteste University

Reviews

This is a fascinating book, offering a rare first-hand insight into the experience of a local 19th-century British journalist in his own words […] It is definitely worth reading the journalist’s account of his own life.

European Journal of Communication, vol. 37, no. 6, 2022.

Contents

Introduction

(pp. xv–xliv)
  • Andrew Hobbs

Editing method

(pp. xlv–xlvi)
  • Andrew Hobbs

Maps

(pp. xlvii–l)
  • Andrew Hobbs
  • Joanna Hobbs

‘My Life’

(pp. 1–10)
  • Anthony Hewitson
  • Andrew Hobbs
  • Anthony Hewitson
  • Andrew Hobbs

1865

(pp. 18–66)
  • Anthony Hewitson
  • Andrew Hobbs

1866

(pp. 67–132)
  • Anthony Hewitson
  • Andrew Hobbs

1867

(pp. 133–180)
  • Anthony Hewitson
  • Andrew Hobbs

1868

(pp. 182–200)
  • Anthony Hewitson
  • Andrew Hobbs

1872

(pp. 201–274)
  • Anthony Hewitson
  • Andrew Hobbs

1873

(pp. 275–338)
  • Anthony Hewitson
  • Andrew Hobbs

1874

(pp. 339–390)
  • Anthony Hewitson
  • Andrew Hobbs

1875

(pp. 391–416)
  • Anthony Hewitson
  • Andrew Hobbs

1881

(pp. 417–444)
  • Anthony Hewitson
  • Andrew Hobbs

1884

(pp. 445–490)
  • Anthony Hewitson
  • Andrew Hobbs

1885

(pp. 491–542)
  • Anthony Hewitson
  • Andrew Hobbs

1887

(pp. 543–614)
  • Anthony Hewitson
  • Andrew Hobbs
  • Andrew Hobbs

Chronology

(pp. 631–632)
  • Andrew Hobbs