At the Circulating Library Author Information: John Frazer Corkran
Author: John Frazer Corkran (1808–1884)
Biography: John Frazer Corkran was born in 1808 in Dublin. He began life as a dramatist before turning to journalism as the Paris correspondent for the Morning Herald and Evening Standard. While in France, he witnessed the revolution of 1848: his personal knowledge of the participants led to a History of the National Constituent Assembly (1849). In addition to newspapers, he frequently contributed to magazines including the Dublin University Magazine. Corkran wrote three novels: East and West: or, Once Upon a Time (1861) about the industrial revolution, Bertha's Repentance (1863), and Playing on the Brink (1867). He enjoyed a wide circle of friends, counting Thackeray as an intimate. Corkran was the father of novelist Alice Corkran. He died in 1884.
References: Allibone; Athenaeum (9 February 1884)
- East and West: or, Once Upon a Time. 3 vol. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1861.
- Bertha's Repentance: A Tale. 1 vol. London: Chapman and Hall, 1863.
- Playing on the Brink: A Novel. 3 vol. London: T. C. Newby, 1867.