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Book - “Old Saint Paul’s”
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Title: Book - “Old Saint Paul’s”
Identifier: 979.6.1356
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1885-1929
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A book titled "Old Saint Paul's with a plain burgundy cover with gold text on the spine. There are 443 pages.

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. Old Saint Paul’s is a historical romance that describes the events of the Great Plague of London and the Great Fire of London. It was serially published in 1841. Ainsworth wrote some 39 novels depending on striking situations and powerful descriptions.

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.
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