William Harrison Ainsworth

Standard Name: Ainsworth, William Harrison


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Education Katharine Bruce Glasier
KBG and her elder brother were both educated at home under their mother's excellent tutelage until Katharine was ten and her brother was twelve. Their rigorous programme of education required the nine-year-old Katharine to read...
Education Frances Hodgson Burnett
Her next school was the Select Seminary for Young Ladies and Gentlemen (a school that counted its pupils in single figures and was run by a trio of very young sisters). Frances was good at...
Family and Intimate relationships Harriet Smythies
After she began her career as a novelist, HS moved in literary circles, allegedly repelling the advances of William Harrison Ainsworth and entering into a close friendship with Lord Lytton . Literary historian Montague Summers...
Friends, Associates Charles Dickens
As one of the leading literary figures of the period, CD had an extensive social network. His early acquaintances in publishing included Richard Bentley , William Harrison Ainsworth , and John Forster (who later became...
Friends, Associates Caroline Norton
Before her marriage CN had formed a friendship with the Irish poet Tom Moore , once a crony of her famous grandfather; this friendship endured into her middle age. It was also as Richard Brinsley...
Friends, Associates Ouida
Aside from her mother, Ouida kept mainly male company. Her circle included (in addition to her publishers William Harrison Ainsworth and William Tinsley ) A. C. Swinburne , Richard Monckton Milnes (famed for his large...
Friends, Associates William Makepeace Thackeray
WMT was close to both of his surviving daughters, and was particularly proud when Anne 's first publication, the article Little Scholars, which appeared anonymously in the Cornhill Magazine. He was a sociable...
Intertextuality and Influence Ellen Wood
According to EW 's son and biographer Charles Wood , William Harrison Ainsworth , as proprietor of Bentley's Miscellany and the New Monthly Magazine, had early in her career dissuaded her from writing a...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Waters argues that MEB ought not to be condemned for clichés that she herself helped to establish. Rather we should examine them and the genre of the detective or sensation novel as an index of...
Intertextuality and Influence Selina Bunbury
SB wrote most of this book during her residence in Warwickshire, and completed it in Ireland in the year she attended her dying mother.
“Selina Bunbury”. The Irish Book Lover, Vol.
, No. 6, pp. 105-7.
Her preface mentions her motivation to bring this work...
Leisure and Society Eliza Lynn Linton
In London, Eliza Lynn drank in artistic life. She championed the singing of Jenny Lind against those who preferred Alboni or Malibran. She performed for Samuel Laurence the role of uninformed art critic or foolometer...
Occupation Mary Elizabeth Braddon
She played Winifred Wood in an adaptation of Harrison Ainsworth 's Jack Sheppard opposite Mary Anne Keeley in her famous breeches role as Jack.
Later, under Chart , MEB herself played the breeches part of...
Publishing Charles Dickens
Serialisation in monthly parts significantly broadened the readership of The Pickwick Papers and meant that it was reviewed more widely than it would have been in volume form. Ironically, such cheapening of literature (CD
Publishing Ellen Wood
The novel had been twice offered to the publishing house of Chapman and Hall , and was recommended by William Harrison Ainsworth . After their reader (novelist George Meredith ) twice rejected it, EW took...
Publishing Ellen Wood
EW received £60 for the serial rights to The Shadow of Ashlydyat: it was first published in the New Monthly Magazine, at that point still edited by Ainsworth , between October 1861 and November 1863.
Wood, C. W. Memorials of Mrs. Henry Wood. R. Bentley and Son.
Voller, Jack. “The Ellen Wood (Mrs Henry Wood) Website”. The Literary Gothic: Wood, Ellen Price (Mrs. Henry).


17 August 1612: The trial of the Lancashire witches resulted...

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17 August 1612

The trial of the Lancashire witches resulted in the execution of seven women and one man.

12 March to 25 May 1644: In her husband's absence the royalist Countess...

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12 March to 25 May 1644

In her husband 's absence the royalist Countess of Derby , born a Huguenot Frenchwoman, successfully stood a siege at Lathom House in Lancashire (a towered and moated building).

3 June 1829: Publisher Henry Colburn went into partnership...

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3 June 1829

Publisher Henry Colburn went into partnership with Richard Bentley (1794 - ­1871) (who, in order to do this, had just dissolved the partnership between himself and his brother Samuel Bentley as printers).

3 May 1834: William Harrison Ainsworth published his...

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3 May 1834

William Harrison Ainsworth published his hugely successful first novel, Rookwood.

4 November 1836: Richard Bentley (1794-1871) signed an agreement...

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4 November 1836

Richard Bentley (1794-1871) signed an agreement with Dickens to edit his new monthly periodical, Bentley's Miscellany.

February 1842: The first issue of Ainsworth's Magazine:...

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February 1842

The first issue of Ainsworth's Magazine: A Miscellany of Romance, General Literature, & Art appeared, catering to popular Victorian taste in entertainment and literature.

By 6 January 1849: William Harrison Ainsworth's historical novel...

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By 6 January 1849

William Harrison Ainsworth 's historicalnovelThe Lancashire Witches: A Romance of Pendle Forest (about a real witch-hunt of 1612) appeared in volume form.

December 1868: With sales of the once-popular Bentley's...

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December 1868

With sales of the once-popular Bentley's Miscellany at an all-time low, the owner, Richard Bentley , ended its publication.


Hutton, Catherine. “A Sketch of A Family of Originals”. Ainsworth’s Magazine, edited by William Harrison Ainsworth, Vol.
, pp. 56-63.