At the Circulating Library Author Information: Francis John Harrison Rankin
Author: Francis John Harrison Rankin (1805–1847)
Biography: Francis John Harrison Rankin was born in 1805 in Bristol. He attended university, earned a B.A., and took religious orders. In 1834, he traveled to west Africa and wrote a book about his experiences, The White Man's Grave: A Visit to Sierra Leone in 1834 (1836). He also wrote a satirical play "The Possums of Aristophanes" for Fraser's Magazine in the September 1836 issue. His only novel, The Man Without Soul, followed in 1838. In 1838, he married Mary Follett Dunsford and the couple had two daughters. In 1843, Rankin was appointed chaplain to Gambia. He died a few years later, in 1847, in Gambia.
References: Gentleman's Magazine (June 1847)
- The Man Without Soul: A Novel. 2 vol. London: Bentley, 1838.