By William Tinsley
William Tinsley (1830-1900) was once a famous Victorian writer whose catalogue incorporated works by means of such celebrated novelists as Thomas Hardy and Wilkie Collins. This two-volume autobiography, first released in 1900, strains his existence from his rural youth to the institution and upward push of the Tinsley Brothers corporation in 1858, and its later cave in. each one bankruptcy includes a sequence of short sketches of authors and different contemporaries. quantity 2 charts Tinsley's later profession, and lines numerous lengthier pictures of a few of the personalities he encountered. it is also info on Victorian playwrights and actors, in addition to an in depth part at the heritage of Sadler's Wells theatre. in accordance with Tinsley's own reminiscences, and incorporating letters in addition to anecdotal details, those volumes will fascinate an individual attracted to the heritage of publishing and the advance of the nineteenth-century novel.
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He was one of our merry party at Birmingham when I was the guest of Mr. Toole, and even in Birmingham the lowest slums seemed to interest him quite as much as the largest workshop of that marvellous town. I had one evening ramble with him, and the darker the alley and the more mysterious the slum the more interested he was. I confess I was not, and was glad to drag him home to our merry midnight supper at the old Hen and Chickens Hotel. I published, I think, Mr. " In fact, the length of it did not admit of a doubt, for the original MS.
In one drawing I am standing with a whip in my hand over a well-fleshed female in a steaming hot bath, supposed to be " Slippery Ground," bidding her stay there until she has lost her superfluous flesh ; then he drew her figure out of the bath, with hardly a scrap of flesh on her bones, and in the end the subscriber is pictured dead on a gibbet, looking even more unsightly than he ever did alive, and the frail-figured woman and the author are looking at him with a well-seeming no end of satisfaction on their faces.
However, Wingfield did not like being beaten, so he, as he termed it, "turned a Duchess" on to Mr. Delane, who was, I think, at that time a guest at her palace ; but no notices saved the book—it fell to rise no more. The following letter brings to my memory sad thoughts indeed ; for only Mr. Toole and myself are alive of the eight of us who were at that merry little dinner party : Mrs. Toole, her son Frank Toole, and Miss Florence Toole, Mr. and Mrs. George Grossmith (father and mother of the present Mr.
Random Recollections of an Old Publisher by William Tinsley