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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Thomas A. Pinkerton

Author: Thomas A. Pinkerton (1850–1914)

Alternate Name(s): Thomas Warden (pseudonym)

Biography: Thomas Andrew Pinkerton was born in 1850 in Petersham, Surrey, the son of the Irish antiquarian William Pinkerton (1811–1871). As a youth, he studied painting and became a competent landscape artist. In his thirties, he gave up painting and turned to fiction with Crossford (1879). He followed with several more novels mostly focused on provincial life. In an interview, he recommended authors not live in London—advice he himself took by first living in Monmouthshire then in Bangor. He married and had seven children. His last years were marked by failing health and he died after a brief illness in 1914 in Bangor.

References: Bookman (August 1893); British Census (1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911); Kemp; North Wales Chronicle (29 May 1914)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Crossford: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Bentley, 1879.
  2. Amy Wynter: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Samuel Tinsley, 1880.
  3. Upton-on-Thames: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1882.
  4. Agnes Moran: A Story of Innocence and Experience.  3 vol.  London: W. H. Allen, 1883.
  5. The Meadowsweet Comedy.  1 vol.  London: Vizetelly, 1887.
  6. John Newbold's Ordeal: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1889.
  7. The Spanish Poniard, Being the Story of the Remorse of Ambrose Drybridge.  1 vol.  London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1890.
  8. The Last Master of Carnandro, Being the Story of the Revenge of Ronald Sinclair.  1 vol.  London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1890.
  9. A New Saint's Tragedy: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1892.
  10. Arnold Bolsover's Love Story.  2 vol.  London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1893.
  11. The French Prisoner: A Romance of Dartmoor and the Western Seas.  1 vol.  London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1894.
  12. Blizzard: and Another Fantasy.  1 vol.  London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1894.
  13. Sun Beetles: A Comedy of Nickname Land.  1 vol.  London: John Lane, 1898.
  14. Dead Oppressors.  1 vol.  London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1899.
  15. The Ivory Bride.  1 vol.  London: John Long, 1900.
  16. Blue Bonnets Up: A Romance.  1 vol.  London: John Long, 1901.