ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Harrison Ainsworth

(1805-1882)


William Harrison Ainsworth, born in Manchester, studied at the Manchester Grammar School before being articled to a solicitor (1821-24) and studying law in London (1824-26). He published the first of his many historical novels in 1826 with some refatory Spenserians addressed to Anne Francies Ebers, whom he married the following year. Ainsworth edited Bentley's Miscellany (1839-41, 1854-68), Ainsworth's Magazine (1842-54), and the New Monthly Magazine (1845-70).


TEXT RECORDS:

1826[Sir John Chiverton: Dedicatory Stanzas.]
1827To —.

PUBLICATIONS:

Poems by Cheviot Tichburn. 1822.
The maid's revenge, and A summer evening's tale with other poems. 1823.
December tales. 1823.
Monody on the death of John Philip Kemble. 1823.
The Boetian. 1824.
Sir John Chiverton [with J. P. Aston]. 1826.
Considerations on ... affording immediate relief to the operative classes in the manufacturing districts. 1826.
Letters from Cockney lands. 1826.
May Fair, in four cantos. 1827.
Rookwood: a romance. 3 vols, 1834.
Crichton. 3 vols, 1837.
Jack Sheppard: a romance. 3 vols, 1839.
The Tower of London: a historical romance. 1840.
Guy Fawkes, or, the gunpowder treason. 3 vols, 1841.
Old Saint Paul's: a tale of the plague and fire. 3 vols, 1841.
The miser's daughter. 3 vols, 1842.
Windsor Castle: an historical romance. 3 vols, 1843.
Saint James's: or, the court of Queen Anne. 3 vols, 1844.
James the Second: or, the Revolution of 1688. 3 vols, 1848.
The Lancashire witches: a novel. 3 vols, 1849.
Works. 14 vols, 1850-51.
The Star-chamber: an historical romance. 2 vols, 1854.
The Flitch of Bacon: or, the custom of Dunmow. 1854.
Ballads, romantic, fantastical, and humorous. 1855.
The combat of the thirty, from a Breton lay. 1859.
The spendthrift: a tale. 1857.
Mervyn Clitheroe. 1858.
Ovingdean Grange. 1860.
The Constable of the tower: an historical romance. 3 vols, 1861.
The Lord Mayor of London: or, City life in the last century. 3 vols, 1862.
Cardinal Pole: or, the days of Philip and Mary. 3 vols, 1863.
John Law the projector. 3 vols, 1864.
The Spanish match: or, Charles Stuart at Madrid. 3 vols, 1865.
Auriol: or, the elixer of life. 1865.
The constable de Bourbon. 3 vols, 1866.
Old Court: a novel. 3 vols, 1867.
Myddleton Pomfret: a novel. 3 vols, 1868.
Hilary St. Ives: a novel. 3 vols, 1870.
The South-Sea Bubble: a tale. 2 vols, 1871.
Talbot Harland. 1871.
Tower Hill. 1871.
Boscobel; or, the royal oak. 3 vols, 1872.
The good old times: the story of the Manchester rebels of '45. 1873.
Merry England; or, nobles and serfs. 3 vols, 1874.
The goldsmith's wife: a tale. 3 vols, 1875.
Preston Fight: or, the insurrection of 1715. 3 vols, 1875.
Chetwynd Calvery: a tale. 3 vols, 1876.
The leaguer of Lathom: a tale of the civil war. 3 vols, 1876.
The fall of Somerset. 3 vols, 1877.
Beatrice Tyldesley. 3 vols, 1878.
Collected works. 31 vols, 1878-80.
Beau Nash; or, Bath in the eighteenth century. 3 vols, 1879.
Stanley Brereton. 3 vols, 1881.
Works. 12 vols, 1923.