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Ainsworth, William Harrison, 1805-1882



  • Existence: 1805 - 1882


William Harrison Ainsworth (1805-1882) was a Victorian author and contemporary of Charles Dickens.

William Harrison Ainsworth was born on February 4, 1805, in Manchester, England to Thomas Ainsworth and Ann Harrison. William began studying law but left the field for literature. His first novel was published anonymously in 1826. William married Anne Frances Ebers on October 11, 1826, in St. Marylebone, England. Together they had three children. His first successful publication, Rookwood, was published in 1834. After Anne passed away in 1838, he married Sarah Wells in 1866, in Braintree, England. His career extended to 1881 with him publishing about 40 novels. In addition to writing, he also worked as an editor for about fifteen years, although he was unsuccessful. William died on January 3, 1882, in Reigate, England.

Citation:, March 27, 2024 (William Harrison Ainsworth; b. February 4, 1805, in Manchester, England to Thomas Ainsworth and Ann Harrison; d. January 3, 1882 in Reigate, England; m. October 11, 1826 to Anne Frances Ebers in St Marylebone, England; had three children; Anne died in 1838; m. 1866 to Sarah Wells in Braintree, England)

Britannica, via WWW, March 28, 2024 (William Harrison Ainsworth; Victorian author; studied law but left it for literature; first novel published anonymously in 1826; first successful novel, Rookwood, in 1834; career extended to 1881 publishing about 40 novels; worked as an editor fifteen years, although unsucessful)

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

William Harrison Ainsworth carte-de-visite

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197239269563]
Identifier: MSS P 273
Scope and Contents

Carte-de-visite photograph of William Harrison Ainsworth, incribed by Ainsworth with a note to Charles Dickens dated February 8, 1866. Photograph dated approximately 1866.

Dates: approximately 1866

Letter, 1871

 Item — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197233283131], Folder: 43-44
Identifier: Vault MSS 2
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter, dated 4 Nov. 1871, addressed to "Mrs. Cameron," and composed on "vi et virtute" stationary. Ainsworth writes from Reigate, England, and discusses the possible dramatization of a story entitled "Tower."

Dates: 1871


 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233289187]
Identifier: Vault MSS 372
Scope and Contents

Handwritten poems dedicated to Mrs. Eliza Touchet. Ainsworth made twenty-one monor revisions and corrections in the texts of these items and supplied a line omitted by a copyist in the poem titled "To Eliza."

Dates: 1823

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