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W. T. Stead

a.k.a. William Thomas Stead

Author Code: EWTS

Born: Jul. 5, 1849 - Embleton, England

Died: Apr. 15, 1912 - At sea on Titanic

Educated at the Silcoates School in Wakefield, he then spent some time as a clerk in a Newcastle merchant's Office. Since the Northern Echo in Darlington had published a number of his articles since 1870, he ended up as the paper's editor - the youngest in the country. Stead, very religious, transformed the paper into one of social reform. When, in 1876, the British ally, Turkey, put down a rebellion in Bulgaria, which Turkey then ruled, stead learned of the massacre of 12,000 Bulgarian Christians. He launched an attack in the paper against 'Disraeli and his whole tribe of moral eunuchs' and caught the public's attention and brought him into contact with former PM William Gladstone. In 1880, he moved to London to be assistant editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, becoming its editor in 1883. In 1885, he exposed London's business in prostitution and vice, with the title of The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon. Unfortunately, he went too far when, as part of his expose, he staged the purchase of a girl called Eliza Armstrong, when attempting to show how easily impoverished victims could be acquired. For this act, he was prosecuted and sentenced to three months in prison for abduction and indecent assault. Needless to say, his reputation suffered greatly. He left the Pall Mall in 1890 to found the highly acclaimed Review of Reviews. In 1893, he founded Borderland, a spiritualist quarterly. He lost more public support when he opposed the Boer War. Hew was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Peace on several occasions. Sadly, in 1912, when he was expected to be the recipient, met his death on the Titanic. His works include The Murder of President Lincoln (1865), The Policy of Coercion (1880), My Father (1884), Chinese Gordon (1884), My First Imprisonment (1886), Europa (1899), Winston Churchill (1905) and The Great Pacifist - An Autobiographical Sketch (1912).

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EWTS002 The Murder of President Lincoln 1865 3 136k Article Download PDF - 'The Murder of President Lincoln' (EWTS002)   Download ePub - 'The Murder of President Lincoln' (EWTS002) Find a printed copy of The Murder of President Lincoln by W. T. Stead at AbeBooks
EWTS001 Real Ghost Stories 1892 94 506k eBook Download PDF - 'Real Ghost Stories' (EWTS001)   Download ePub - 'Real Ghost Stories' (EWTS001) Find a printed copy of Real Ghost Stories by W. T. Stead at AbeBooks

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