See also:English journalist and author, son of
See also:Henry Yates (1797-1842), was
See also:born at
See also:Edinburgh on the 3rd of
See also:July 1831 . His
See also:father and
See also:mother (nee
See also:Brunton; 1799–186o) were both prominent figures on the
See also:London stage from about 1817 onwards . Edmund Yates was educated at
See also:Highgate School and at
See also:Dusseldorf . In 1847 he obtained a clerkship in the General
See also:Office, with which he continued to be connected up to 1872, becoming in 1862
See also:head of the missing
See also:letter department . He married in 1853, and soon began to write for the
See also:press .
See also:Charles Dickens made him dramatic critic to the Daily
See also:News, and he was a contributor to
See also:Household Words . He wrote several farces which were acted between 1857 and ,86o . In 1855 he had begun writing a
See also:column for the Illustrated Times (under Henry
See also:Vizetelly), headed " The Lounger at the Clubs ": this was the first attempt at combining "
See also:smart "
See also:personal paragraphs with the better class of journalism, and in 1858 Yates was made editor of a new paper called
See also:Town Talk, which carried the innovation a step forward . His first number contained a laudatory article on Dickens, and the second a disparaging one on Thackeray, containing various personal references to private matters . Thackeray, regarding this as a serious affront, brought the article before the
See also:committee of the
See also:Club, of which he contended that Yates had made improper use, and the result was that Yates was expelled . Besides editing
See also:Bar and Tinsley's
See also:Magazine, Yates during the 'sixties took to lecturing on social topics, and published several books, including his best novel, Black
See also:Sheep (1867); and under the heading of " Le Flaneur " he continued in the
See also:Star the sort of " personal column " which he had inaugurated in the Illustrated Times . On his retirement from the Post Office in 1872 he went to
See also:America on a lecturing tour, and afterwards, as a
See also:special correspondent for the New
See also:Herald, travelled through
See also:Europe .
But in 1874, with the help of E . C .
See also:Murray, he established a new London weekly, The
See also:World, " a journal for men and
See also:women," which he edited himself . The paper at once became a success, and Yates bought out Grenville Murray and became
See also:sole proprietor . The World was the first of the new type of " society papers," abounding in personal
See also:criticism and gossip: one of its features was the employment of the first
See also:person singular in its columns, a
See also:device by which the personal
See also:element in this
See also:form of journalism was emphasized . After Truth was started in 1877 by Mr Henry Labouchere (who was one of Yates's earliest contributors), the rivalry between the two weeklies was amusingly pointed by references in The World to what " Henry " said, and in Truth to the mistakes made by " Edmund." In 1885 Yates was convicted of a
See also:libel in 1884 on
See also:Lord Lonsdale, and was imprisoned in
See also:gaol for seven
See also:weeks . In the same
See also:year he published his Recollections and Experiences in two volumes . He died on the zoth of May 1894 . He had been the typical fldnenr in the
See also:literary world of the
See also:period, an entertaining writer and talker, with a
See also:talent for publicity of the
See also:modern type —developed, no doubt, from his theatrical parentage—which, through his imitators, was destined to have considerable influence on journalism .
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Edmund Yates' voice was recorded by Col. George Gouraud, Edison's European agent, at a dinner party in his home 'Little Menlo', West Norwood, London, on 5 October 1888. The original wax cylinder still exists at the Edison National Site in New Jersey, and a transcript can be obtained from them. This was the same occasion on which the voices of Sir Arthur Sullivan, Cecil Raikes MP, and others were recorded. Seven cylinders made that evening still survive. Yates had obviously eaten and drunk well, and his contribution is described by Sullivan as 'a little incoherent'. These are the words recorded by Yates (following those of Cecil Raikes, Postmaster General)in his message to Edison: [Yates] This is the record of a most marvelous dinner, transmitted to you by your most marvelous invention. If I lack words to describe the dinner it is because I am so enrapt and so enchanted by your invention that I find myself much more stupid than I ought to be after the grand excitement of our friend’s meats and wines. Edmund Yates, not Her Majesty’ Postmaster General, but one who was a poor clerk under Her Majesty’s Postmaster General for five and twenty years!
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