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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Amye Reade

Author: Amye Reade (1869–1933)

Alternate Name(s): Jamet (married name)

Biography: Amye Reade was born on 20 February 1869 in Wolverhampton. Her early life cannot be traced. She claimed to be a neice of novelist Charles Reade, though unsubstantiated. In her twenties, she wrote two novels to expose the abuses at circuses: Ruby (1889) and Slaves of the Sawdust (1892). Interestingly, the former novel gets referred to in James Joyce's Ulysses. In support of her activism, she lectured widely. According to newspaper blurbs, she suffered from Brights' disease. After 1900, her life becomes hard to trace. She moved to France and married a man named Jamet (who was possibly Mexican). Immigration records place her for periods in Mexico, Jamaica, and the United States. She died on 25 April 1933 in France.

References: British Census (1891); Sheila Kaye-Smith, All the Books of my Life (1956); Times (25 April 1934)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Ruby: A Novel. Founded on the Life of a Circus Girl.  1 vol.  London: Authors' Co-operative Publishing Co., 1889.
  2. Slaves of the Sawdust.  1 vol.  London: F. V. White, 1892.