Welcome to The Yellow Nineties Online  
Detail of The Mantelpiece by P. Wilson Steer.
  The Yellow Nineties Online is an open-access electronic resource for the study of avant-garde aesthetic periodicals of the British fin de siècle. Searchable facsimile editions allow users to analyze physical features as well as content, and the editors write a critical introduction for each volume to situate it in its moment of production and reception. Contextual study of these magazines is enhanced by a searchable archive of 1890s reviews and advertisements, as well as by peer-reviewed biographies of contributors and associates written by international experts in the field. Complete editions of The Yellow Book and The Pagan Review are available in a variety of formats (flip book; html; pdf; xml) and can be read online, searched, and downloaded. The Evergreen and The Pageant are available for reading and downloading; marked-up, searchable editions will be published in the coming year. Editions of The Dial, The Green Sheaf, and The Savoy are in preparation. The site also offers self-reflexive essays on the critical processes involved in this large-scale digital humanities project, as the editors believe the aesthetic periodicals of the long 1890s anticipate key conceptual and methodological concerns of electronic scholarship. The editors welcome submissions to the “Pedagogical Applications” page from teachers using the site. The Yellow Nineties Online is peer-reviewed by NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship).

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  Introduction to the Yellow Nineties  
  In April 1894 a young bookseller’s clerk, John Lewis May, assisted the manager of The Bodley Head in arranging the shop window. As he later recalled: “I filled the window of the little shop in Vigo Street—the original Bodley Head—with Yellow Books, and nothing but Yellow Books, creating such a mighty glow of yellow at the far end of Vigo Street that one might have been forgiven for imagining for a moment that some awful portent had happened, and that the sun had risen in the West” (74). The “mighty glow of yellow” emanating from this unnatural dawn continued long past the launch of the avant-garde magazine of art and literature, and indeed long past its final issue three years later in April 1897. In 1913, Holbrook Jackson, describing the impact of The Yellow Book, explained: “It was newness in excelsis: novelty naked and unashamed. People were puzzled and shocked and delighted, and yellow became the colour of the hour, the symbol of the time-spirit. It was associated with all that was bizarre and queer in art and life, with all that was outrageously modern” (46). A more recent commentator on the 1890s, Simon Houfe, echoes Jackson’s judgment, declaring that The Yellow Book and the 1890s are synonymous, the periodical functioning as “both a microcosm of the fin de siècle and an important trend-setter” (83)... Continue Reading
  News & Events  
  Wednesday, August 2, 2017
CDH Members in Freiburg
The meeting of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals took place in Freiburg, July 27-29.
  Tuesday, October 18, 2016
CDH Receives SSHRC Insight Grant!
A SSHRC Insight Grant has been awarded to research partners Dennis Denisoff (U Tulsa English) and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra (Ryerson English).