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Waning Interest In Songs About Murder

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Waning Interest In Songs About Murder

Post by Karen on Sun 8 May 2011 - 4:35

Literary people complain enough of the meanness of publishers nowadays, but they should read Mr. John Ashton's collection of modern street ballads, and they will see that Jemmy Catnach, of the famous Catnach Press, never gave more than half-a-crown for the most thrilling song commemorative of murder and murderers. It is curious how rapidly the taste for these ballads has died out. They used to be printed in editions of hundreds of thousands, and Mr. Ashton quotes some as recent as upon the birth of the Prince of Wales; but even the Whitechapel horrors scarce find buyers now when told in rhyme upon broadsheets.

Source: The Echo, Friday December 7, 1888, Page 2

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