William Harrison Ainsworth

(996 words)
  • Stephen Carver (Independent Scholar - Europe)

William Harrison Ainsworth was born in Manchester on February 4 1805, the first child of Thomas Ainsworth, a prominent local solicitor, and Ann Harrison, the daughter of a Unitarian minister. The family had one other child the following year, Thomas Gilbert, who was destined for a long life of mental illness. Ainsworth attended the Manchester Free Grammar School, and was contributing literary articles, short fiction and poetry to national periodicals from the age of sixteen. His first published book was a collection of poems under the pseudonym of “Cheviot Ticheburn” (dedicated to Charles Lamb) in 1822, followed in 1823 by the anonymous collection of short stories and literary essays, December Tales. He moved to London to …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Carver, Stephen. "William Harrison Ainsworth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 July 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=54, accessed 28 September 2016.]

Articles on Ainsworth's works

  1. Jack Sheppard
  2. Rookwood
  3. The Lancashire Witches
  4. The Tower of London

Related Groups

  1. Gothic, Grotesque & Supernatural Fiction