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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: William James Dawson

Author: William James Dawson (1854–1928)

Biography: The Rev. William James Dawson was born in 1854 in Towcester, Northamptonshire, the eldest son of the Rev. W. J. Dawson. He attended Kingswood School and Didsbury College before following his father into the Wesleyan ministry in 1875. Dawson held various appointments, including posts in Glasgow, London, and Southport. In 1892, he resigned and became the minister of Highbury Quadrant Congregational Church, London. Meantime, he wrote widely, publishing fiction, literary history, poetry, sermons, and one play. In 1879, he married Jane Powell and the couple had six children. Their son Consingsby William Dawson (1883–1959) also wrote fiction. Dawson and several children immigrated to the U.S. in 1908 and moved to Nelson, British Columbia in 1911. He died there in 1928.

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References: Times (25 August 1928); Who's Who (1903)

Fiction Titles:

  1. The Redemption of Edward Strahan: A Social Story.  1 vol.  London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1891.
  2. London Idylls.  1 vol.  London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1895.
  3. The Story of Hannah.  1 vol.  London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1896.
  4. Thro' Lattice-Windows.  1 vol.  London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1897.
  5. The House of Dreams.  1 vol.  London: James Bowden, 1897.
  6. Judith Boldero: A Tragic Romance.  1 vol.  London: James Bowden, 1898.
  7. The Doctor Speaks: Being Some Episodes in the Life of John Selkirk, M.D..  1 vol.  London: Grant Richards, 1900.