|Description: A red hard covered book entitled "The Tower of London". The name is written in gold on the spine. Inside reads "D8149(?)". |
William Harrison Ainsworth (Feb. 4, 1805 - Jan. 3, 1882) was an English historical novelist. He was trained in the law, but was really not interested in it. In London he met John Ebers, publisher and then manager of the Opera House, who introduced him to literary and dramatic circles, and whose daughter he later married. Ainsworth tried the publishing business for a short time, but gave it up to devote himself to journalism and literature. His first success was as a writer of romance with Rookwood (1834) in which the highwayman, Dick Turpin was the leading character. Tower of London (1840) was his fourth work. He wrote some 39 novels up to 1881 depending on striking situations and powerful descriptions. Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Harrison_Ainsworth visited Dec. 18, 2007.
Richard Edward King began his publishing company in London in 1885. Between 1885 and 1929 his company published several hundred titles. King was a relatively unknown publisher who lived a "colourful" life. http://ies.sas.ac.uk/events/seminars/GuestSeminars/Spiers.htm