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Cover for bound volumes of The Idler, February to July 1893
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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.[1]

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.[1]