Atalanta, October 1887 – September 1888
Edited by L.T. Meade and Alicia A. Leith
This volume is typical of this popular girl’s magazine, which was published between 1887 and 1898. The authors published between its covers included such well-known figures as Edith Nesbit and Robert Louis Stevenson. The magazine had a high standard and included articles encouraging girls to prepare for careers as well as lighter material. The founder and first editor, Elizabeth Thomasina Meade, was a hugely prolific writer who published her first book in 1866. She was born in Bandon, the daughter of a clergyman, but spent much of her life in England, where most of her stories are set. With Robert Eustace she wrote a number of sensational novels, with femme fatales playing a leading role. She also wrote novels of social realism and adventure and detective novels but is best known for her school stories which were an important influence on the genre.