No. 20: Charles Allston Collins at 40

Charlie Collins.pngSurprisingly, there has so far been little study to use Charles Collins’s work on paper as the basis of critical discussion, and nothing which takes it as a primary point of focus apart from a single chapter which reported that Collins was ‘distinguished alike as artist and author,’ a gentle, shy and sensitive person perhaps unfairly consigned to oblivion, has little to say of an analytical nature. Continue reading “No. 20: Charles Allston Collins at 40”

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No. 8: Mary Elizabeth Braddon at 40

Mary-Elizabeth-BraddonMary Elizabeth Braddon, born 4 October 1835, would lie to many of her peers in later years about her age (telling some she had been born later, in 1837), but the unavoidable truth is that the Queen of Sensation Fiction turned 40 in 1875, a time in which she was both subjected to and released from scandal, where she waved goodbye to editorial pressures, and continued a prolific production of novels, though not to everyone’s taste. Continue reading “No. 8: Mary Elizabeth Braddon at 40”

No. 1: Charles Dickens at 40

Dickens 1852 cleanshavenIt was in February 1852 that Charles Dickens turned 40; this would be the year he would commence writing what many consider to be his most accomplished novel (and the only one to mention dinosaurs), Bleak House. Continue reading “No. 1: Charles Dickens at 40”