William Tinsley (1831-1902)

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Victorian publisher William Tinsley, though famous for his association with circulating libraries, the three-decker novel, and many high-profile novelists of the day, nevertheless remains an enigmatic figure. He was regarded by many of his authors as sharp and unpleasant, but by others-including some of his fellow publishers-as an honorable businessman. In this new study, Peter Newbolt offers a description of Tinsley's childhood, then explores his first experiences in the London book trade. He traces the publisher's career, principally through his contact with such authors, including Sala, Henty, Hardy and Yates; there are also chapters on the firm's staff and Tinsleys' Magazine. Here for the first time, in an appendix to the study, Newbolt presents a painstakingly compiled checklist of books published by the Tinsley brothers Contents: List of Illustrations; Prelude; Overture; South Mimms; Leaving home: Notting Hill; The Brough brothers; Business partnership: marriage partnerships; The circulating libraries & the three-volume novel; Sala sets the ball rolling; Mary Elizabeth Braddon; George Lawrence, and Ouida; Mrs Henry Wood, and Mrs J.H. Riddell; Two failed take-overs; death of Edward; Sheridan Le Fanu, and Rhoda Broughton; Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald; Harrison Ainsworth, and Wilkie Collins; William Black, and author-publisher relations; War-correspondent-novelists: Russell & Henty; George Meredith, and Thomas Hardy; Thomas Hardy's first three novels; Edmund Yates, and 'novel liaisons'; The office staff & management; Hard labour or fulfillment for women in writing; Tinsleys' Magazine; and twelve months of Mirth; R.J. Planch‚, dramatist and Somerset Herald; Benjamin LeopoldFarjeon; Walter Besant, and Richard Jefferies; Some other Tinsley authors; Life's rich pageant: J.L. Toole & Henry Irving; Diminuendo dolorso; Coda: speculation reconsidered; Apendix I: dates in the history of the Tinsley brothers; Appendix II: check-list of books published by Tinsley brothers, 1854-1888; Index.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754602910
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 South Mimms 1
2 Leaving Home: Notting Hill 8
3 The Brough Brothers 21
4 Business Partnership: Marriage Partnerships 29
5 The Circulating Libraries and the Three-volume Novel 43
6 Sala Sets the Ball Rolling 53
7 Mary Elizabeth Braddon 66
8 George Lawrence and Ouida 73
9 Mrs. Henry Wood and Mrs. J. H. Riddell 82
10 Two Failed Take-overs; Death of Edward 92
11 Sheridan Le Fanu and Rhoda Broughton 100
12 Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald 110
13 Harrison Ainsworth and Wilkie Collins 116
14 William Black and author-publisher relations 130
15 War-Correspondent Novelists: Russell and Henty 138
16 George Meredith and Thomas Hardy 146
17 Thomas Hardy's first three Novels 156
18 Edmund Yates and 'Novel Liaisons' 167
19 The Office Staff and Management 178
20 Hard labour or fulfilment for women in writing 188
21 Tinsleys' Magazine, and twelve months of Mirth 203
22 J. R. Planche, dramatist and Somerset Herald 217
23 Benjamin Leopold Farjeon 225
24 Walter Besant and Richard Jefferies 233
25 Some other Tinsley Authors 245
26 Life's Rich Pageant: J. L. Toole and Henry Irving 280
27 Diminuendo doloroso 292
Coda: Speculation Reconsidered 298
App. I Dates in the history of Tinsley Brothers 304
App. II Check-list of Books Published by Tinsley Brothers, 1854-88 306
Published Works Consulted 342
Acknowledgements 351
Index 355
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