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The Grand Magazine (London, UK)

February 1916

Britain's first pulp monthly, The Grand Magazine was launched by George Newnes in February 1905 for the large readership of cheap weekly novelettes and story papers. Published in London, its early issues contained mostly feature articles of the kind that had filled out Newnes's Strand Magazine. Despite retitling itself The Grand Magazine of Fiction in April 1908, publishing many more stories, and (later) including illustrations, it was unable to catch up with rivals The Novel and The Story-Teller. Contributors included William Hope Hodgson, Arnold Bennett, George Bernard Shaw, C. N. & A. M. Williamson, Ernest Bramah, Baroness Orczy, Edgar Wallace, E. Phillips Oppenheim, Rafael Sabatini, P.G. Wodehouse, A.E.W. Mason, and Agatha Christie. Editors: Alderson Anderson (1905-10); C.W. Wingham (1911-20); Reeves Shaw (1920-31); and H.W. Leggett (1932-40). Last issue April 1940.

Conrad's contribution to The Grand Magazine, 'An Outpost of Progress', formed part of a regular feature series called 'My Best Story', begun by Arthur Conan Doyle and continued by Barry Pain, W.W. Jacobs, H.G. Wells, Max Pemberton, and Mary Braddon.

Ashley, Mike. The Age of the Storytellers: British Popular Fiction Magazines, 1880-1950. London: The British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 2006. 81-6.
Bear Alley. The Grand Magazine. Blog post, 14 April 2008.
The Grand Magazine. The Fiction Mags Index.