James Payn, 1830-1898

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Biographical note

Payn, James (1830–1898). — Novelist, son of an official in the Thames Commission, ed. at Eton, Woolwich, and Cambridge He was a regular contributor to Household Words and to Chambers’s Journal, of which he was ed. 1859–74, and in which several of his works first appeared; he also ed. the Cornhill Magazine 1883–96. Among his novels — upwards of 60 in number — may be mentioned Lost Sir Massingberd, The Best of Husbands, Walter’s Word, By Proxy (1878), A Woman’s Vengeance, Carlyon’s Year, Thicker than Water, A Trying Patient, etc. He also wrote a book of poems and a volume of literary reminiscences.

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

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