“Emulative of the character of Robin Hood”: The Highwayman Thomas Rainford in the “Second Series” of The Mysteries of London (1844–48)

By Stephen Basdeo This post discusses a character in Reynolds’s masterpiece The Mysteries of London, although I do not focus on the oft-studied and well-known “First Series” but instead on the little-studied and unfairly neglected “Second Series” (and Reynolds scholars should indeed study the second series; there is absolutely no evidence to say that the … More “Emulative of the character of Robin Hood”: The Highwayman Thomas Rainford in the “Second Series” of The Mysteries of London (1844–48)

Walking the Streets and Treading the Boards: Cosmetics, The Prostitute and the Actress in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton (1848) and G. W. M. Reynolds’s Ellen Percy; Or, the Memoirs of an Actress (1857)

by Rachael Taylor My PhD research focuses on representations of female beauty and cosmetics use in British literature and culture from 1848 to 1901. From performing keyword searches of the JISC Historical Texts database for novels which frequently mentioned cosmetics use to gather my primary sources, I was led to an encounter with G. W. … More Walking the Streets and Treading the Boards: Cosmetics, The Prostitute and the Actress in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton (1848) and G. W. M. Reynolds’s Ellen Percy; Or, the Memoirs of an Actress (1857)

The Parricide (1847)

For this post, I wanted to draw attention to G W M Reynolds’s first work– The Parricide, The Youth’s Career of Crime (1847)[1]. The text had originally been published under the title The Youthful Imposter in 1835 when Reynolds was only twenty year’s old. Though I was unable to find any reviews of 1835 The … More The Parricide (1847)

Christmas and the Poor in Reynolds’s Newspaper

by Sophie Raine For our Christmas blog last year, I wrote about Reynolds’s Christmas story The Pixy (1848). This year, I was interested in what issues Reynolds covered in his non-fiction during the festive period, particularly in Reynolds’s Newspaper. Readers may not be surprised to learn that during this period, Reynolds did not diverge from … More Christmas and the Poor in Reynolds’s Newspaper