Author Information At the Circulating Library
Author: Charles Aubyn Beach
Biography: One of the more mysterious authors of the Victorian period. Charles Aubyn Beach was born in 1828 in Lockport, New York. His early life has not been traced. According to his application to the Royal Literary Fund, he spent fifteen years as a sailor in the merchant service, including time on whalers. He settled in London, married, and turned his various experiences into stories and articles for the periodical press, especially boys' magazines. As he writes, "At this business I succeeded very well until I got into the hands fo John Maxwell and S. O. Beeton." That, and the failure of several magazines, led to his successful application to the Royal Literary Fund. Fellow author Mayne Reid counted him as a friend and assisted in helping his career, so much so that some contemporaries thought Beach was a pseudonym of Reid's. By the 1870s, Beach drops out of sight and cannot be traced. He may have moved back to the United States or re-commenced his roving life.
References: Allibone; Elizabeth Reid, Mayne Reid: A Memoir of his Life (1890); RLF (case number 1782); Times (11 March 1865)