|Dimensions||14 × 19 × 3 cm|
Red cloth binding with gilt title and decorative design with orange flowers on the spine and front board.
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George Manville Fenn (1831-1909) was a British writer. He worked as a teacher in Lincolnshire, until he became printer, editor and publisher of various magazines. He had eight children with his wife Susanna Leake, whom he had married in 1855. Most of his works are adventure stories for young readers, featuring Explorers, Smugglers, young Adventurers and Seamen. His adult novels offer critical social commentary on Victorian England, especially reconsidering economic questions. His works include: Hollowdell Grange (1866), Featherland (1866), Christmas Penny Readings (1867), The Blue Dragoons (1875), A Little World (1877), Begumbagh (1879), Bunyip Land (1880), My Patients (1883), The Golden Magnet (1884), The Chaplain’s Craze (1886), Quicksilver (1888), Lady Maude’s Mania (1890), The Weathercock (1892), Real Gold (1894), The Queen’s Scarlet (1895), The Black Tor (1896), A Woman Worth Winning (1898), Draw Swords (1898), A Crimson Crime (1899), The King’s Sons (1900), Fitz the Filibuster (1903) and others.
George Manville Fenn (January 3, 1831, Pimlico – August 26, 1909, Isleworth) was an English novelist, journalist, editor and educationalist. Fenn, the third child and eldest son of a butler, Charles Fenn, was largely self-educated, teaching himself French, German and Italian. After studying at Battersea Training College for Teachers (1851-4), he became the master of a national school at Alford, Lincolnshire. He later became a printer, editor and publisher of short-lived periodicals, before attracting the attention of Charles Dickens and others with a sketch for All the Year Round in 1864. He contributed to Chambers’s Journal and Once a Week. In 1866, he wrote a series of articles on working-class life for the newspaper The Star. These were collected and republished in four volumes. They were followed by a similar series in the Weekly Times. Meanwhile he was married in 1855 to Susanna Leak, daughter of John Leak of Alford. They had two sons and six daughters.
Fenn’s first story for boys, Hollowdell Grange, appeared in 1867. It was followed by countless other novels for juveniles and adults. Over 170 of them are thought to have been published in book form. Having become editor of Cassell’s Magazine in 1870, he purchased Once a Week and edited it until it closed in 1879. He also wrote for the theatre. Fenn and his family lived at Syon Lodge, Isleworth, Middlesex, where he built up a library of 25,000 volumes and took up telescope making. His last book was a biography of a great fellow writer of boys’ stories, George Alfred Henty. He died at home on 26 August 1909.
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