Isabella Banks

Standard Name: Banks, Isabella
Birth Name: Isabella Varley
Married Name: Isabella Banks
Used Form: Mrs G. Linnaeus Banks
IB was a prolific author first of poetry, then of journalism, and later of many novels. She was well-known as a regional novelist, setting many of her books in early nineteenth-century Manchester and the north of England. Her novels and poetry exhibit several instances of an overall belief in the march of progress, with strong messages about how England has advanced during the Victorian period, along with exhortations to the working class to improve their lot through hard work and duty.


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Friends, Associates Anna Kingsford
While lecturing at the Zetetical Society , AK may have met Bernard Shaw and Sidney Webb .
Pert, Alan. Red Cactus: The Life of Anna Kingsford. Books and Writers.
Through her interest in theosophy she became close to Marie, Countess of Caithness (later Duchess of Pomar)...
Textual Production Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The monthly, intended to compete with the Cornhill and Temple Bar (which Maxwell had just sold) cost one shilling, and was aimed at the lower middle classes. MEB 's Birds of Prey, Bound to...


Before 20 September 1653: Humphrey Chetham planned the organisation...

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Before 20 September 1653

Humphrey Chetham planned the organisation which, after his death on this date, opened as the first public library in the modern world: Chetham's Library in Manchester (sometimes known as Cheetham's ).

July 1889: Women's Suffrage: A Reply appeared in the...

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July 1889

Women's Suffrage: A Reply appeared in the Fortnightly Review to counter Mary Augusta Ward 's Appeal Against Female Suffrage in the previous month's Nineteenth Century.


Banks, Isabella, and Alfred Pearse. A Rough Road. Blackie and Son, 1892.
Banks, Isabella. Bond Slaves. Griffith Farran, 1893.
Banks, Isabella. Caleb Booth’s Clerk. Hurst and Blackett, 1878.
Banks, Isabella, and George Linnaeus Banks. Daisies in the Grass. R. Hardwicke, 1865.
Banks, Isabella. Forbidden to Marry. F. V. White, 1883.
Banks, Isabella. Forbidden to Wed. Heywood, 1885.
Banks, Isabella. Glory. Hurst and Blackett, 1877.
Banks, Isabella. God’s Providence House. Ward, Lock.
Banks, Isabella. God’s Providence House. R. Bentley, 1865.
Banks, Isabella. In His Own Hand. F. V. White, 1885.
Webb, W. L., and Isabella Banks. “Introduction and Notes”. The Manchester Man, Victor Gollancz, 1970, p. Various pages.
Banks, Isabella. Ivy Leaves. Simpkin, 1844.
Banks, Isabella et al. More than Coronets. Heywood, 1882.
Banks, Isabella et al. Ripples and Breakers. C. Kegan Paul, 1878.
Banks, Isabella. Stung to the Quick. C. W. Wood, 1867.
Banks, Isabella. The Manchester Man. Hurst and Blackett, 1876.
Banks, Isabella. The Slowly Grinding Mills. Griffith Farran, 1893.
Banks, Isabella et al. The Watchmaker’s Daughter. Heywood, 1882.
Banks, Isabella, and George Collingwood Banks. Through the Night. Heywood, 1882.
Banks, Isabella. Wooers and Winners. Hurst and Blackett, 1880.