Good Words

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Good Words
Good Words Volume 1.jpg
Vol 1 title page, 1860.
Editor Norman Macleod
Frequency Monthly
First issue 1860
Language English

Good Words was a 19th-century monthly periodical in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1860 by Scottish publisher Alexander Strahan.[1] Its first editor was Norman Macleod; after his death in 1872, it was edited by his brother, Donald Macleod.[2] There is some evidence that at this time the publishing was taken over by W. Isbister & Co.[3]

Good Words was directed at evangelicals and nonconformists, particularly of the lower middle class. The magazine included overtly religious material, but also fiction and nonfiction articles on general subjects, including science.[4] The standard for content was that the devout must be able to read it on Sundays without sin.[5]

In 1863, Norman Macleod wrote that the magazine had a circulation of 70,000.[1] In the following year, it advertised itself as having a monthly circulation of 160,000, although that number is probably exaggerated.[6][7]

In 1906, Good Words was amalgamated with the weekly Sunday Magazine, and published in that format until 1910.[8]


  1. ^ a b R. H. Super (1990). The Chronicler of Barsetshire: A Life of Anthony Trollope (University of Michigan Press) pp. 150–155.
  2. ^ Eyre-Todd, George. "Donald Macleod" in Who's Who in Glasgow in 1909. Retrieved 2011-06-01.
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  4. ^ Judith Wittosch Malcolm. "Good Words" in The Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope (R. C. Terry ed, Oxford University Press, 1999) pp. 219–221.
  5. ^ James Pope-Hennessy (1978). Anthony Trollope (Phoenix Press paperback ed., 2001) pp. 261–263.
  6. ^ Sutherland, John. Untitled review of Patricia Thomas Srebrnik's Alexander Strahan: Victorian Publisher. Nineteenth-Century Literature, vol. 42, no. 1 (June 1987), pp. 120-26. Available for download via JSTOR. Retrieved 2011-06-01.
  7. ^ Gray, Donald. Untitled review of Patricia Thomas Srebrnik's Alexander Strahan: Victorian Publisher. Victorian Studies, vol. 31, no. 1 (Autumn 1987), pp. 141-44. Available for download via JSTOR. Retrieved 2011-06-01
  8. ^ The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, ed. by George Watson. Cambridge University Press, 1969. Vol. 3, column 1849.