Pearson's Magazine

Pearson's Magazine

Pearson's magazine cover
Editor C. Arthur Pearson (1896–1899)
Percy W. Everett (1900–1911)
Philip O'Farrell (1912–1919)
John Reed Wade (1920–1939)
W.E. Johns (1939)
Frequency Monthly
Publisher C. Arthur Pearson
First issue 1896
Final issue
— Number
November 1939
Company Pearson Publishing Company
Country UK
Language English

Pearson's Magazine was a monthly periodical which first appeared in Britain in 1896. It specialised in speculative literature, political discussion, often of a socialist bent, and the arts. Its contributors included Upton Sinclair, George Bernard Shaw, Maxim Gorky, George Griffith, H. G. Wells, Dornford Yates and E. Phillips Oppenheim, many of whose short stories and novelettes first saw publication in Pearson's.

It was the first British periodical to publish a crossword puzzle, in February 1922.[1]


British publisher C. Arthur Pearson established and served as the editor of the monthly magazine from 1896 to 1899. He removed himself as editor as blindness set in but continued as its publisher. Succeeding editors included -

The magazine ceased publication in November 1939 after 527 issues.

A like-for-like US version of Pearson's appeared in 1899.[2] It eventually diverged into more US-oriented authors and separate editorial oversight, which included -

The United States version was published by J. J. Little until the title folded in April 1925 after a total run of 314 issues.

Notable serials


  1. Rose, Alexander (2005-11-21). "Eighty-one squares, oh joy: the greatness of the new 'timewaster,' Sudoku". National Review. Though it wasn't the very first British rag to print a crossword (the dubious honor goes to Pearson's Magazine in 1922) the Times was far-sighted enough to buy the idea of a daily crossword in 1930.
  2. "PEARSON'S MAGAZINE" (PDF). New York Times. 1901-11-23. p. BR8.
  3. "Notes and News" (PDF). New York Times. 1901-07-27. p. BR14. H. G. Wells's new romance, "The Sea Lady," is continued as a serial in the August number of Pearson's Magazine.
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