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Hall Caine Portrait of a Victorian Romancer by Vivien Allen

Hall Caine Portrait of a Victorian Romancer


Hall Caine Portrait of a Victorian Romancer by Vivien Allen

This first full biography of the Victorian romantic novelist Hall Caine traces his life from childhood in Liverpool, through his time as 'housemate' to Dante Gabriel Rossetti and association with members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood to his triumphant career as a popular novelist. Caine, a swashbuckling character who might have figured in one of his own novels, wrote fifteen novels and many non-fiction works. Vivien Allen has been able to take advantage of Caine's family papers and letters and, living in the Isle of Man, is well placed to write about this half-forgotten author of Manx descent who made his home there from 1896 until his death in 1931. The book contains letters to Hall Caine from the American, Dr Francis Tumblety who has been recently identified as the probable 'Jack the Ripper'. These letters were mentioned in the Channel 4 (UK) documentary 'Jack the Ripper' 1996. Much of the archive material was accessed with the assistance of the New York Public Library and the New York Theatre Museum.

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Vivien Allen is an established author and biographer.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st July 1997


Vivien Allen

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Sheffield Academic Press an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


450 pages


Biography: general
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900



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