by George J. Dance

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Joseph Ashby-Sterry (1836-1917), from Theatre Magazine, 1889. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Joseph Ashby-Sterry (1836-1917) was a humorous English poet and novelist.[1]


Ashby-Sterry was a contributor to Punch and other London magazines. He wrote the "Bystander" column in the Graphic for 18 years. His poetry collections Boudoir Ballads (1876) and The Lazy Minstrel (1886) both had a quick success.[2]

Publications Edit



  • Katharine and Petruchio; or, The shaming of the true. London, S. Rivers, 1870; New York: Happy Hours.


  • The Wooden Midshipman. [London?]: [1881?]
  • A Naughty Girl: A story of 1893. London: Bliss, Sands & Foster, 1893
    • also published as A Naughty Girl. London: Sands, 1908.
  • A Tale of the Thames: With illustrations in verse (illustrated by William Hatherell). London: Bliss & Sands, 1896.

Short fictionEdit

  • Fifty Novels (with Frank Abell). London: Diprose & Bateman, 1883.
  • Nutshell Novels. London: Hutchinson, 1891.


  • The Shuttlecock Papers: A book for an idle hour. London: Tinsley Bros., 1873.
  • Tiny Travels. London: Tinsley, 1874.
  • A Snailway Guide to Tunbridge Wells. Tunbridge Wells, UK: R. Clements, 1884.
  • Cucumber Chronicles: A book to be taken in slices. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1887.
  • Charles Dickens in Southwark. London: 1888.
  • The New Fiction: A protest against sexmania; and other papers. London: Westminster Gazette Office, 1895.
  • The Bystander; or, Leaves for the lazy. London: Sands, 1901.
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Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[3]

See alsoEdit



  1. Joseph Ashby-Sterry poet and novelist, VIAF, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Jan. 28, 2017.
  2. Kristine Moruzi, Constructing Girlhood Through the Periodical Press, 1850–1915, Routledge, 2016, 72. Google Books, Web, Jan. 28, 2017.
  3. Search results = au:Joseph Ashby-Sterry, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Jan. 28, 2017.

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