Author Information At the Circulating Library
Author: Caroline Ashurst Biggs (1840–1889)
Biography: Caroline Ashurst Biggs was born in 1840 in Leicester, the daughter of the manufacturer Joseph Biggs and Matilda Ashurst Biggs (d. 1866). Her parents were ardent Unitarians and advocates for political causes. In particular, Matilda campaigned for women's rights and Italian independence. Caroline and her sisters grew up to espouse the same causes. Her elder sister, Elizabeth Ashurst Biggs (1838–1905), wrote two novels. Caroline wrote one novel, The Master of Wingbourne (1866) and later became the editor of The Englishwoman's Review. Biggs never married and died in 1889 in London.
References: Allison Scardino Belzer, "Three Generations of Unconventional Family Values: A Case Study of the Ashursts," Journal of Victorian Culture 20.1 (2015): 1-19; British Census (1881); Elizabeth Crawford, The Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide, 1866–1928 (2001); DNB (Matilda Ashurst Biggs)