~ Kent’s New Commentary: A Manual for Young Men, by C.H. Kent, 1880
Geek Note: a “Boy’s Paper”, or “Penny Dreadful”, was the popular name for fiction published on cheap pulp paper and aimed primarily at working class adolescent boys. It was usually overdramatic and full of unlikely feats of heroism and derring-do. One of the most popular characters to come out of the penny dreadfuls was Jack Harkaway, Schoolboy Adventurer. You can read one of the Jack Harkaway adventures at Project Gutenburg, or download it complete with illustrations. It should be noted that Questionable Advice cannot be held responsible for any acts of highway robbery you may commit under the influence of this story.
Extra Geeky Note: dedicated Dr. Who fans may recall that the Master of the Land of Fiction was the “writer of ‘The Adventures of Captain Jack Harkaway’ in The Ensign, a magazine for boys.”
Ah the obvious dangers of Boy’s Papers, shilling shockers and penny dreadfuls at turning a young man’s fancy to burglary, highway robbery and suicide.