THE WELCOME GUEST
A MAGAZINE OF RECREATIVE READING FOR ALL

Established by Henry Vizetelly in 1858, the magazine was sold to John Maxwell in 1860 and was edited by Robert Brough.

Issued weekly at the price of two pence, Maxwell aimed the magazine at all classes. Braddon's first meeting with Maxwell took place at the office of the Welcome Guest in April 1860 and two of her earliest stories were soon published in the magazine. After Brough's sudden and premature death at the age of 32 (presumably from alcoholism), Braddon hoped to become the magazine's next editor, but was passed over in favour of 19 year old Robert Buchanan. In 1861 Braddon's novel, The Lady Lisle, was serialised in the magazine in 21 weekly parts.

Issue in original wrappers for February 25, 1860.

Robert Brough (1828-1860), the editor of The Welcome Guest.
An 1860 engraving after a photograph by Herbert Watkins.

Volume II, in original cloth, published by Houlston and Wright in 1861.

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