Author Information At the Circulating Library
Author: Edward Copping (1828–1904)
Biography: Edward Copping was born in 1828 in London. At an early age, he formed a connection with the press: he worked as the Paris correspondent for the Daily Telegraph for two years and on the editorial staff of the Daily News for twenty-six years. He wrote numerous articles; a comic work Lobster Salad with Percy B. St. John; a biography of the Italian dramatists Alfieri and Goldoni in 1856; a travel book Aspects of Paris (1858); and some farces for the stage. In addition, he wrote one novel, The Home at Rosefield (1861), a tragedy about a man who throws his heart away on a coquette—it received poor reviews. Copping married the daughter of John Skinner Prout, the water-colorist, and the couple had four sons and one daughter. His son Harold Copping became an illustrator; another son Arthur Copping became an author. Poor health forced him to resign his editorial position in 1888 and he died in 1904. Novelist Alice M. Diehl grew up in the same street as the Copping and Prout families and recalls them fondly in her memoirs.
References: Athenaeum (8 December 1888)