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The life and works of the Lancashire novelist William Harrison Ainsworth, 1850-1882

Author: Stephen James Carver
Publisher: Lewiston, N.Y. : Edwin Mellen Press, 2003.
Series: Studies in British literature, v. 75.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work examines William Harrison Ainsworth's literary career from a writer of magazine tales of terror in the 1820s to the massive influence of his gothic/Newgate romance of 1834, "Rookwood", his  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: William Harrison Ainsworth; William Harrison Ainsworth
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen James Carver
ISBN: 0773466339 9780773466333
OCLC Number: 52519123
Description: xxi, 468 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part 1 Introduction: contemporary reception - the pre and early Victorian critical heritage; the Victorian reaction; late Victorian views; modern judgements; an age in transition. Part 2 Blood and thunder - a Gothic apprenticeship: essential juvenilia, 1821-1823; the best of the rest - "December Tales", 1823; the first novel -"Sir John Chiverton", 1826. Part 3 Fame and infamy - "Rookwood", a romance, 1834: life in London - business, family and Fraser's, 1826-1834; the design of romance - "Rookwood", Scott and the gothic; the phantom steed - the outlaw narrative of "Rookwood". Part 4 Writing the underworld - "Jack Sheppard", a romance, 1839: "a sort of Hogartharian novel"; vagabondiana - "Jack Sheppard" and social exploration; the storm - the Newgate controversy. Part 5 The historical novelist - prophecy, passivity and tragedy: twin-born romances - "Guy Fawkes" and "The Tower of London", 1840; hell on earth - "Old St. Paul's" - "A Tale of the Plague and the Fire", 1841; the devil and his works - "Windsor Castle", 1843 and "Auriol", 1844. Part 6 The Lancashire novelist: a dream of flying - "The Lancashire Witches - a Romance of Pendle Forest", 1848; the Lancashire novels. Part 7 The greatest axe-and-neck romancer of our time: growing old gracefully - 1850-1881; man of La Manchester. Part 8 Something like a conclusion: appendices.
Series Title: Studies in British literature, v. 75.
Responsibility: Stephen James Carver.
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