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Linton, Lynn E.

Eliza Lynn, youngest daughter of the Rev. James Lynn, Vicar of Keswick and of Crosthwaite, Cumberland, was born February 10, 1822, in Keswick, England. In 1845 she went to London and wrote for various periodicals. Her first novel, "Azeth, the Egyptian," appeared in 1846. From 1848 to 1851 she was on the staff of the Morning Chronicle, then went to Paris as correspondent to London newspapers and remained there until 1854. In 1858 she was married, at the request of his dying wife, to William James Linton, a well-known engraver, but they were separated after a few years.(1) From 1866 on she was on the staff of the Saturday Review. Mrs. Linton published some twenty-five more or less sensational novels and love stories. She died in London July 14, 1898. †It is rather interesting to know that "Gad's Hill," the house where Charles Dickens lived for many years, belonged to the Reverend James Lynn, the father of Eliza Lynn. After his death, Miss Lynn sold the house, on March 14, 1856, to Charles Dickens for 1,790. See The Letters of Charles Dickens, Nonesuch edition, 1938, II, 625, 701, 708, 751, and 827.

REFERENCES: Allibone, Dic. Eng. Lit., I, and Supplement, II; G. S. Layard, Eliza Lynn Linton, Her Life, Letters and Opinions; Beatrice Harraden, "Mrs. Lynn Linton," The Bookman (New York), VIII, 1898, with portrait; Anon, "Mrs. Lynn Linton and Beatrice Harraden," Literary Digest, XVII, September 17, 1898, 343, with portrait; Critic, XXXIII, 1898, 133; Book, News (Philadelphia), XVI, 1897-98, 41; Helen C. Black, Notable Women Authors of the Day, Glasgow, 1893, 1-10 (portrait).

Waverley Library (quarto). No. 106

† Correction made as per Volume 3.


1 Her husband went to America in 1866, and in 1867 opened a large engraving establishment in New Haven, Connecticut.

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