This is a biography of one of the most important British journalists ever, a pioneer in social reform, a pioneer in the creation of paper news media, a truly fascinating man. Probably best known for his creation of the Review of Reviews, W. T. Stead made a singular mark in social reform -- letting himself be jailed to call attention to the trade of young girls in prostitution and to help raise the legal age of sexual consent for "maidens."
He touched the lives of many beginning publishers and authors in the late nineteenth century, Grant Richards for one. He influenced the life and career of M. P. Shiel, that superb fantasist, in Shiel's early work and in his personal life in a manner that neither foresaw before Stead sank with the Titanic.
Written by a certified scholar with a fine track record, twenty-four years of research in its making, this comprehensive fresh study of both Stead and his time benefits from a nice clear writing style. A handsome book, an important book, that deserves praise for Grace Eckley .. and a home in libraries, private collections, and above all -- readers!