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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Reginald Ernest Salwey

Author: Reginald Ernest Salwey (1852–1937)

Biography: Reginald Ernest Salwey was born in 1852 in Surrey, the youngest son of Henry Salwey, M.P. He was a gifted amateur entomologist who contributed to scientific periodicals and curated the collection at the Folkestone Museum. He was friends with fellow entomologist Walter Philip Weston. Weston's wife was Charlotte Maria Birch, the daughter of the keeper of Oriental antiquities at the British Museum and an author in her own right. After Weston died in 1881 at age 29, Salwey married his widow the following year. The couple had two sons. In the 1890s, Salwey turned to fiction writing four novels. He died in 1937 at age 85.

References: British Census (1881); Burke; Entomologist (March 1881); Times (31 August 1937)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Wildwater Terrace: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Digby, Long, 1890.
  2. The Finger of Scorn.  2 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1892.
  3. Ventured in Vain.  2 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1894.
  4. The One Alternative.  2 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1896.