Celebrity Specials on the Lecture Circuit

  • Catherine WatersEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


The arduous demands of the Victorian special correspondent’s work meant that he often became newsworthy in his own right. This chapter examines the celebrity of first-generation specials like William Howard Russell, George Augustus Sala, and Archibald Forbes as they capitalised upon their earlier journalistic exploits by remediating them on the lecture circuit. While Russell found this labour uncongenial, Forbes and Sala undertook lucrative tours to America, Australia, and New Zealand from the late 1870s to the early 1880s. Their success as newspaper heroes on the platform demonstrates the developing cult of personality as a mainstay of the popular press and the rise of celebrity culture in the final decades of the nineteenth century.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

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