William Harrison Ainsworth

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AINSWORTH, William Harrison (1805-82) English journalist and historical novelist. He was a competent, uninspired disciple of Sir Walter Scott. His books are now read mostly by schoolchildren, who profit from them.

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Jack Sheppard
Rookwood
The Tower of London
Old St Paul's
Windsor Castle
The Lancashire Witches
The Constable of the Tower
Crichton
Guy Fawkes
The Star Chamber volume 1
The Star Chamber volume 2
The Flitch of Bacon
The Miser's Daughter Auriol

 

 Born and raised in Manchester England, the author spent his spare time at his uncle's house in Cheshire. While still at school, he wrote poetry and prose for a number of periodicals, and also wrote gothic fiction and stage plays, which he turned into homemade productions a the family house.
He followed his father into the law, and was called to the Bench in London in 1826, despite this workload he continued to write. During this time he started to correspond with Charles Lamb, collaborated with a colleague on a  romance story, Sir John Chiverton. Even Sir Walter Scott was impressed by Sir John Chiverton, and wrote asking to meet the author

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