Boys of England

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Boys of England was a British boys' periodical issued weekly from 1866 to 1899, and has been called "the leading boys' periodical of the nineteenth century".[1] The magazine was based in London.[2]

Boys of England was edited by the publisher and former Chartist Edwin John Brett. By the 1870s it had a circulation of 250,000, and a mainly working-class readership. By comparison to middle-class competitors such as The Boy's Own Paper, Boys of England was relatively unconcerned with Empire. Subject matters which predominated were history, rebels, crime, romance, the paranormal, and public schools.[1]


  1. ^ a b Christopher Banham, "England and America Against the World": Empire and the USE in Edwin J. Brett's Boys of England, 1866-99, Victorian Periodicals Review, 40:2, 2007, pp.151-71
  2. ^ "Boys of England". Stanford University Libraries. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 

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