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The author who outsold Dickens

Carver, Stephen James2021
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William Harrison Ainsworth (1805-1882) is probably the most successful 19th century writer that most people haven't heard of. Journalist, essayist, poet and, most of all, historical novelist, Ainsworth was a member of the early-Victorian publishing elite, and Charles Dickens's only serious commercial rival until the late-1840s, his novels 'Rookwood' and 'Jack Shepherd' beginning a fashion for tales of Georgian highwaymen and establishing the legend of Dick Turpin firmly in the National Myth. In his heyday, Ainsworth commanded a massive audience until a moral panic - the so-called 'Newgate Controversy' - about the supposedly pernicious effects on working class youth of the criminal romances on which his reputation was built effectively destroyed his reputation as a serious literary novelist.
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Imprint:
Barnsley : Pen & Sword History, 2021.
Collation:
264 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN:
9781526766441 (pbk. :)
Dewey class:
823.8
Language:
English
BRN:
5007823
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