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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Walter Ruding

Author: Walter Ruding (1870–1895)

Biography: Walter Ruding was born in 1870, the son of bank manager and editor John Clement Ruding. He attended Christ's Hospital School adn Corpus Christi College, Cambridge without taking a degree. He wrote a single novel, the impressionistic An Evil Motherhood (1895), cryptically dedicated to his own mother and illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley. On 23 November 1895, he married novelist Edith Johnstone. Tragically, days later he caught typhoid fever and died on 12 December 1895. A life of literary promise cut short.

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References: Constance D. Harsh, ed., "Introduction," A Sunless Heart (Broadview, 2008)

Fiction Titles:

  1. An Evil Motherhood: An Impressionist Novel.  1 vol.  London: Elkin Mathews, 1896.