The Charles Pearce Project

Charles E. Pearce (1843‒1924) was an English journalist and author, who produced a huge number of children’s stories, serials for newspapers, crime fiction and non-fiction, and biographies of Regency-era actresses.

My aim is to make his works freely accessible. Under UK copyright law (70 years after death), all his works have been out of copyright since 1995.

His son, Charles Louis St John Pearce (1877‒1941), wrote stories for children. A secondary aim is to place his works online, too.


9 December 2019 • A checklist of acquisitions of The British Girl’s Annual, which included some illustrations by A. C. Michael.

14 August 2019 • Biography of the artist F. S. Wilson.

22 October 2017 • St John Pearce’s A Girl of Old London.

13 February 2017 • More scans of Young Folk’s Weekly Budget.

14 January 2017 • I’ve attempted an explanation for this site’s existence.

13 January 2017 • Biography of the artist A. C. Michael.

23 December 2016 • Your Christmas gift is some downloadable PDFs of Young Folk’s Weekly Budget Volume IX, which I’ve just started scanning.

Current offerings

A bibliography is in progress. I would like to acquire copies or scans of any works which aren’t currently held, with the aim of placing them online.

We use TEI The works on this site are marked-up with the TEI XML vocabulary. The sources are available on GitHub.