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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Charles Francis Riddell

Author: Charles Francis Riddell (1817–1887)

Biography: Charles Francis Riddell was born in 1817 in Felton Park, Northumberland, the son of Ralph Riddell of Swinburn Castle. He was educated at Ushaw. He married Mary Catherine Blount and the couple had two children. Riddell wrote at least two novels, both published anonymously: Hidden Links (1857) has a highly sensational plot and Young Life (1863) is more conventional. He died in 1887 at Hexham. Several sources mis-spell his name "Liddell."

References: British Census (1881); Joseph Gillow, A Literary and Biographical History... of the English Catholics (1902)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Hidden Links: or, The Schoolfellows. A Tale.  3 vol.  London: T. C. Newby, 1857.
  2. Young Life: Its Chances and Changes.  2 vol.  London: C. J. Skeet, 1863.