Author Information At the Circulating Library
Author: Edward Wilberforce (1834–1914)
Biography: Edward Wilberforce was born in 1834 in East Farleigh, Kent. His father, Robert Isaac Wilberforce (1800–1857), was archdeacon of the East Riding of Yorkshire before converting to Roman Catholicism in 1854. Wilberforce attended Eton and Trinity College, Oxford, before serving a few years in the Royal Navy. He turned briefly to literature, writing two travel books, a collection of poems, and two novels as well as editing a short-lived periodical called The Idler (1856). Later in life he translated Dante. He was called to the bar in 1866, worked as a barrister, and became Master of the Supreme Court in 1899. In 1860 he married Fannie Flash of New Orleans and the couple had three children. According to his obituary, "he was a lawyer of rare ability and attainment" and "he had his family's gift as a raconteur." He died in 1914.
References: Allibone; British Census (1881); Times (10 January 1914, 12 January 1914); Who's Who (1907)