Henry Kingsley, 1830–1876

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Biographical note

Kingsley, Henry (1830–1876). — Novelist, brother of the above, ed. at King’s College, London, and Oxford, which he left without graduating, and betook himself to the Australian gold-diggings, being afterwards in the mounted police. On his return in 1858 he devoted himself industriously to literature, and wrote a number of novels of much more than average merit, including Geoffrey Hamlyn (1859), The Hillyars and the Burtons (1865), Ravenshoe (1861), and Austin Elliot (1863). Of these Ravenshoe is generally regarded as the best. In 1869 he went to Edinburgh to ed. the Daily Review, but he soon gave this up, and became war correspondent for his paper during the Franco–German War.

[From A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin, 1910]

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