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William Harrison Ainsworth

Author Code: EWHA

Born: Feb. 4, 1805 - Manchester, England

Died: Jan. 3, 1882 - Reigate, England

Educated at the Manchester Free Grammar School, Ainsworth began writing plays at the age of 15. His first publication, The Rivals, a tragic-comedy play, appeared in 1821. In 1822, he began studying law and moved to London in 1824 to continue his studies. He was qualified as a solicitor in 1826. By 1830, he was a regular contributor to Fraser's Magazine. During the 1840's, Ainsworth published numerous works of historical fiction which included Guy Fawkes (1841), Windsor Castle (1843) and James the Second (1848). Ainsworth also serialized accounts of many of the criminals in the history of Newgate prison. He was awarded a state pension by Lord Palmerston in 1856. He retired to Tunbridge Wells in 1867, but continued to write. He served as editor for a number of magazines including Ainsworth's and the New Monthly. Among his many works, mostly in the Gothic tradition, were Auriol (1844), The Lancashire Witches (1849), The Star-Chamber (1854), Mervyn Clitheroe (1858), The Constable of the Tower (1861), Myddleton Pomfret (1868), Boscobel (1872), The Goldsmith's Wife 1875) and Beau Nash (1879).

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
EWHA001 Auriol 1844 101 396k eBook Download PDF - 'Auriol' (EWHA001) Find a printed copy of Auriol by William Harrison Ainsworth at AbeBooks
EWHA007 Boscobel: Or, The Royal Oak 1872 316 1174k eBook Download PDF - 'Boscobel: Or, The Royal Oak' (EWHA007) Find a printed copy of Boscobel: Or, The Royal Oak by William Harrison Ainsworth at AbeBooks
EWHA004 The Lancashire Witches 1848 391 1633k eBook Download PDF - 'The Lancashire Witches' (EWHA004) Find a printed copy of The Lancashire Witches by William Harrison Ainsworth at AbeBooks
EWHA008 The Miser's Daughter 1842 251 898k eBook Download PDF - 'The Miser's Daughter' (EWHA008) Find a printed copy of The Miser's Daughter by William Harrison Ainsworth at AbeBooks
EWHA006 A Night in Rome 1856 11 157k eBook Download PDF - 'A Night in Rome' (EWHA006) Find a printed copy of A Night in Rome by William Harrison Ainsworth at AbeBooks
EWHA005 Old Saint Paul's 1841 322 1396k eBook Download PDF - 'Old Saint Paul's' (EWHA005) Find a printed copy of Old Saint Paul's by William Harrison Ainsworth at AbeBooks
EWHA009 The Spectre Bride 1822 6 107k eBook Download PDF - 'The Spectre Bride' (EWHA009) Find a printed copy of The Spectre Bride by William Harrison Ainsworth at AbeBooks
EWHA003 The Star-Chamber 1854 236 1052k eBook Download PDF - 'The Star-Chamber' (EWHA003) Find a printed copy of The Star-Chamber by William Harrison Ainsworth at AbeBooks
EWHA002 Windsor Castle 1843 216 908k eBook Download PDF - 'Windsor Castle' (EWHA002) Find a printed copy of Windsor Castle by William Harrison Ainsworth at AbeBooks

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