Charles Whibley

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  • Stephen Donovan

Erudite and pugnacious, Charles Whibley was a formidable personality of the British publishing scene between 1890 and 1930. His numerous works included literary and political biographies, reissues of Elizabethan and Jacobean translations of classical authors, personal memoirs and criticism, and a vast amount of literary journalism. Through a monthly column in the prestigious Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine that appeared almost continuously for three decades, Whibley established a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic as an influential arbiter of taste and an articulate Tory diehard.

Born in Sittingbourne, Kent, on 9 December 1859, Whibley studied at Bristol Grammar School and Jesus College, Cambridge, where he …

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Donovan, Stephen. "Charles Whibley". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 February 2006
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