Joseph Marshall Stoddart

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The issue of Lippincott's including The Picture of Dorian Gray

Joseph Marshall Stoddart (August 10, 1845 — February 25, 1921), was an American business man, Editor of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine from 1886 to 1894 and later of the New Science Review.

The son of another Joseph Marshall Stoddart, by his marriage to Eliza Fahnestock, Stoddart was born in 1845 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

At an early stage of his career he was a publisher, and after getting to know the Canadian weather forecaster Henry George Vennor Stoddart published Vennor's Almanac and Weather Record for 1882.[1]

Stoddart was a friend of Walt Whitman, and after his arrival at Lippincott's William Sharp wrote for the magazine.[2]

A memorial inscription at the Langham Hotel, London, commemorates a meeting there on 30 August 1889 between Stoddart, Oscar Wilde, and Arthur Conan Doyle, when Stoddart commissioned them to write stories for Lippincott's. Doyle wrote The Sign of Four, which Stoddart published in February 1890, while Wilde wrote The Picture of Dorian Gray, published in the magazine in July 1890.[3]


  1. ^ Vennor's Almanac and Weather Record for 1882 (J. M. Stoddart & Co., Philadelphia, 1881)
  2. ^ William F. Halloran, The Life and Letters of William Sharp and "Fiona Macleod". Volume 1: 1855-1894 (2018), p. 412
  3. ^ Nicholas Utechin, "A Golden Day" (Sherlock Holmes Society of London, 2010); see A Golden Day, undated, at, accessed 29 April 2019