At the Circulating Library Author Information: Edward William Lewis Davies
Author: Edward William Lewis Davies (1812–1894)
Biography: Edward William Lewis Davies was born in 1812 in Glamorgan, Wales, the son of William Davies. He attended Jesus College, Oxford earning a B.A. (1836) and an M.A. (1838). Davies was ordained in 1837 and served as vicar of Adlingfleet, Yorkshire (1852–1875) and rural dean (1855–1875), though it appears he lived most of the time in Bath. He was an avid sportsman, keeping otter hounds. His writing reflects this interest: two travel books on Algiers (1859) and Brittany (1875), a poem on Dartmorr (1863), and a book on sea-fish (1887). His two novels, Paul Pendril (1866) and Frank Raleigh of Watercombe (1877) both have a sporting subject and both were serialized in Baily's Magazine. In 1859, he married Phillis Skirving and the couple had two daughters. He died in 1894.
References: British Census (1871, 1881); Reilly
- Paul Pendril: or, Sport and Adventure in Corsica. 1 vol. London: Bentley, 1866.
- Frank Raleigh of Watercombe: A Tale of Sport, Love, and Adventure. 3 vol. London: Chapman and Hall, 1877.