The Wide World Magazine
The Wide World Magazine was a British monthly illustrated publication which ran from April 1898 to December 1965.
The magazine was founded by well-known publisher George Newnes, also famous for Tit-Bits, The Strand Magazine, Country Life and others. It described itself as "an illustrated magazine of true narrative" and each month purported to feature "true-life" adventure and travel stories gathered from around the world. Its motto was "Truth is stranger than fiction".
In August 1898, it published the first in a number of installments of "The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont", billed as "the most amazing story a man ever lived to tell", and claiming to be an account of a man who had spent thirty years in the outback of Australia. The story caused a sensation, but was exposed as a hoax by the Daily Chronicle, to the embarrassment of the publisher.
Some famous names occasionally wrote for the magazine (such as Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry Morton Stanley, Douglas Reeman etc.), and it was copiously illustrated with photographs, as well as black and white drawings by such artists as Terence Cuneo, Cecil Stuart Tresilian, Alfred Pearse, Chas Sheldon, Paul Hardy, William Barnes Wollen, John L. Wimbush, Charles J. Staniland, Joseph Finnemore, John Charlton, Warwick Goble, Tom Browne, Ernest Prater, Gordon Browne, Edward S Hodgson, Norman H. Hardy, Inglis Sheldon Williams, and Harry Rountree.
- The Wide World Magazine (collectingbooksandmagazines.com).
- The adventures of Louis de Rougemont (stories from Wide World Magazine, volume 3, May 1899 & June 1899 , pp. 3-15 and pp. 115-131).
- John Arnold, Sally Batten. The bibliography of Australian literature, Volume 2 p259-60.
- See Volumes 3 and 7, for example (bibliography).
- Ben Macintyre. Buried alive by an elephant (The Sunday Times - 16 October 2004).
- Wide World Magazine, volume 3 (May 1899–Oct 1899).
- Wide World Magazine, volume 4 (Nov 1899–Apr 1900).
- Wide World Magazine, volume 5 (May 1900–Oct 1900).
- Wide World Magazine, volume 6 (Nov 1900–Apr 1901).
- Wide World Magazine, volume 7 (May 1901–Oct 1901).
- Wide World Magazine, volume 8 (Nov 1901–Apr 1902).
- Wide World Magazine, volume 9 (May 1902–Oct 1902).
- Wide World Magazine, volume 10 (Nov 1902–Apr 1903).
- Wide World Magazine, volume 11 (May 1903–Oct 1903).
- Wide World Magazine, volume 12 (Nov 1903–Apr 1904).
- Wide World Magazine, volume 13 (May 1904–Oct 1904).
- Wide World Magazine, volume 14 (Nov 1904–Apr 1905).
- Paul Saffont (Ed). The Wide World: True Adventures for Men (Macmillan, 2004).
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