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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Henry Watkins Green

Author: Henry Watkins Green (1848–1901)

Biography: Henry Watkins Green was born on 1 December 1848 in Glenfield, the son of clergyman J. H. B. Green. He attended Marlborough School and Lincoln College, Oxford. On 4 May 1869, he hastily married Emily Mary Russell and a stillborn daughter was born on 19 November, suggesting the reason for the marriage. Green abandoned his wife and she successfully sued for the restitution of her conjugal rights the following year. The couple would have three more daughters. Green entered the civil service, eventually serving in Ceylon [Sri Lanka] from 1877 to his retirement in 1893. In addition to some poetry, he wrote a single novel Walter Lee (1876), a story of Marlborough school life. His wife died in 1899 and he died on 31 July 1901 in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

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References: British Census (1871); John Penry Lewis, List of Inscriptions on Tombstones and Monuments in Ceylon (1913); Morning Advertiser (23 November 1869); Oxford Journal (7 May 1870); Probate; Standard (29 December 1899)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Walter Lee: A Story of Marlborough College.  2 vol.  London: Sampson Low, 1876.