The Idler was an illustrated monthly magazine published in London from 1892 until 1911. Its founder, Robert Barr, recruited the humourist Jerome K. Jerome as co-editor with himself, and gave Jerome complete editorial control from 1895 until 1897. The magazine was considered to be a “glossy, irreverent, humorous journal” in its time. It included many short stories, and like other magazines of the period included serials intended to encourage the reader to buy the next issue.
“The Idlers Club” was a regular feature of most issues, in which different writers offered their opinions on topics such as how to enjoy a honeymoon, or deal with women riding bicycles.