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Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s-1900sThe Victorian Period$
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Alexis Easley, Clare Gill, and Beth Rodgers

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474433907

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474433907.001.0001

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‘I simply write it to order’: L. T. Meade, Sisters of Sherlock, and the Strand Magazine

‘I simply write it to order’: L. T. Meade, Sisters of Sherlock, and the Strand Magazine

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(p.470) 29 ‘I simply write it to order’: L. T. Meade, Sisters of Sherlock, and the Strand Magazine
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Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s-1900s
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Clare Clarke

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474433907.003.0030

Clare Clarke’s essay illuminates the adroit professionalism of the Irish author, journalist, and editor L. T. Meade (1844–1914) in the context of the extensive catalogue of detective fiction she contributed to the Strand Magazine (1891–1950). Meade’s foray into the detective genre followed an enormously successful period of writing novels for girls, as well as a stint at editing the girls’ magazine Atalanta (1887–98). As Clarke demonstrates, this radical departure from her literary focus on girls’ print culture is indicative of Meade’s ‘market acuity, her ability to produce precisely those genres which were in demand by periodical editors–in her own terms, her ability to give a literary editor “what his public want[s]”’ (p. 474). Meade’s talent for tapping into market trends and producing copy that catered to the tastes of readers ultimately secured her position as a regular contributor in the male-dominated Strand Magazine.

Keywords:   L.T. Meade, Strand Magazine, detective fiction, professionalism, Irish author

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