Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford: Blackwood’s Magazine

Gaskell Blog © Katherine C.

“…When I saw the review of his poems in ‘Blackwood,’ I set off within an hour, and walked seven miles to Misselton (for the horses were not in the way) and ordered them.”

Blackwood’s was very much a Tory magazine, which tells us that more than likely Mr. Holbrook was a Tory. It was started to rival the Whig-supported magazine Edinburgh Review and it’s articles ranged from literary to political.

It attracted authors such as Anthony Trollope and George Eliot the latter whose novels were all published by the firm, with the exception of Romola. It also published ghost stories in a style which Edgar Allen Poe satirized in his piece ‘How to Write a Blackwood Article’.

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  1. Catherine says:

    Poe had quite the axe to grind there!

    Also, I think Blackwood’s is what the Bronte children obsessively poured over. I had no idea was Tory, though. That will be quite illuminating to remember as nearly every Victorian novel seems to mention Blackwood’s or the Edinburgh Review at some point.

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