Good Words

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Good Words
Good Words Volume 1.jpg
Vol 1 title page, 1860.
Editor Norman Macleod
Frequency Monthly
Year founded 1860
Final issue 1910
Language English

Good Words was a 19th-century monthly periodical in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1860 by Scottish publisher Alexander Strahan.[1] Its first editor was Norman Macleod. After his death in 1872, it was edited by his brother, Donald Macleod,[2] though there is some evidence that at this time the publishing was taken over by W. Isbister & Co.[3]

Good Words was directed at evangelicals and nonconformists, particularly of the lower middle class. The magazine included overtly religious material, also fiction and nonfiction articles on general subjects, including science.[4] The standard for content was that the devout must be able to read it on Sundays without sin.[5]

Good Words was known for illustrations by such artists as John Everett Millais and Arthur Boyd Houghton and engraved by the Brothers Dalziel.[6]

In 1863, Norman Macleod wrote that the magazine had a circulation of 70,000.[1] In the following year, it advertised itself as having a monthly circulation of 160,000, although that number is probably exaggerated.[7][8]

In 1906, Good Words was amalgamated with the weekly Sunday Magazine, and published in that format until 1910.[9]


  1. ^ a b R. H. Super (1990). The Chronicler of Barsetshire: A Life of Anthony Trollope (University of Michigan Press) pp. 150–155.
  2. ^ Eyre-Todd, George. "Donald Macleod" in Who's Who in Glasgow in 1909. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  3. ^ Collections Princeton University.
  4. ^ Judith Wittosch Malcolm. "Good Words" in The Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope (R. C. Terry ed, Oxford University Press, 1999) pp. 219–221.
  5. ^ James Pope-Hennessy (1978). Anthony Trollope (Phoenix Press paperback ed., 2001) pp. 261–263.
  6. ^ Good Words
  7. ^ Sutherland, John. Untitled review of Patricia Thomas Srebrnik's Alexander Strahan: Victorian Publisher. Nineteenth-Century Literature, vol. 42, no. 1 (June 1987), pp. 120-26. Available for download via JSTOR. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  8. ^ Gray, Donald. Untitled review of Patricia Thomas Srebrnik's Alexander Strahan: Victorian Publisher. Victorian Studies, vol. 31, no. 1 (Autumn 1987), pp. 141-44. Available for download via JSTOR. Retrieved 1 June 2011
  9. ^ The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, ed. by George Watson. Cambridge University Press, 1969. Vol. 3, column 1849.

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