At the Circulating Library Author Information: Veronica King

Author: Veronica King (1861–1949)

Alternate Name(s): Margaret Alice Houston Williamson (maiden name); Madge King (alternate name); Mrs. Paul King (familiar name); William A. Rivers (pseudonym)

Biography: Veronica King was born in China in 1861, the daughter of Scottish missionaries Rev. Alexander Williamson and Isabelle Williamson. In 1881, she married Paul Henry King, who served in the Chinese Maritime Customs Service, and the couple had several children including author Louis Magrath King. She published her first novel Cousin Cinderella (1892) under the name "Madge King" and her second novel Lord Goltho (1893) under the name "Veronica King." Together, husband and wife co-wrote a few novels under the pseudonym "William A. Rivers." She lived most of her life in China and later moved to England where she died in 1949.


References: Tim Chamberlain, "Books of Change: A Western Family's Writings on China, 1855-1949" Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society China (2013)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Cousin Cinderella: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Bentley, 1892.
  2. Lord Goltho: An Apostle of Whiteness. A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Hutchinson, 1895.