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Encyclopedia > William Black
Cover of Macleod of Dare & Sunrise by William Black, from a John B. Alden 1883 publication in New York
Cover of Macleod of Dare & Sunrise by William Black, from a John B. Alden 1883 publication in New York

William Black (November 13, 1841December 10, 1898) was a novelist born in Glasgow, Scotland to Mr. and Mrs. James Black. Image File history File links Sunrise_by_William_Black_-_Book_Cover_-_John_B._Alden_-_New_York_-_1883_-_Project_Gutenberg_eText17308. ... Image File history File links Sunrise_by_William_Black_-_Book_Cover_-_John_B._Alden_-_New_York_-_1883_-_Project_Gutenberg_eText17308. ... NY redirects here. ... is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1841 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 21 days before the next year. ... Year 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... “Glaswegian” redirects here. ... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic) Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic and Scots1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II...


He was educated with a view to being a landscape painter, a training that clearly influenced his literary life, and as a writer he became celebrated for the detailed and atmospheric descriptions of landscapes and seascapes in novels such as White Wings: A Yachting Romance (1880). Year 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


At the age of twenty-three he went to London, after some experience in Glasgow journalism, and joined the staff of The Morning Star, and, later, the Daily News, of which journal he became assistant-editor. He wrote a weekly serial in "The Graphic". In the Austro-Prussian War he acted as a war correspondent. The Morning Star was a newspaper published in London in the nineteenth century. ... Daily News is the name of two major newspapers in the United States: Los Angeles Daily News New York Daily News This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The Graphic was first published on 4 December 1869. ...


His first novel, James Merle appeared in 1864, and met with little success. Black later disowned the novel and reputedly bought up copies to destroy them. Two further early novels Love or Marriage (1868) and The Monarch of Mincing Lane (1871) did little to advance his career: and all three were omitted from the collected edition of Black's works issued by the publishing firm Sampson Low from 1892. 1864 (MDCCCLXIV) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... Media:Example. ... 1871 (MDCCCLXXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1892 (MDCCCXCII) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


It was the publication of A Daughter of Heth in 1871 that at once established his popularity. It tells the story of a young girl brought up in Catholic France, who comes to live with her more austere Protestant relatives in southern Scotland, and ends in personal tragedy. The more light-hearted travel story The Strange Adventures of a Phaeton followed in 1872, and in 1874 A Princess of Thule was another big success and was later adapted into a musical play, The Maid of Arran, by a young L. Frank Baum. A Daughter of Heth is a novel by William Black, first published in 3 volumes by Sampson Low in 1871. ... 1871 (MDCCCLXXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1872 (MDCCCLXXII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1874 (MDCCCLXXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link with display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theater combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Laughing Dragon of Oz, see Frank Joslyn Baum . ...


Retiring from journalism the next year he devoted himself entirely to fiction. Several collections of short stories and a further 22 novels followed; the last -- Wild Eelin -- in 1898, just before his death on December 10 of that year. Year 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 21 days before the next year. ...


In his own lifetime Black's novels were immensely popular and widely read, and were compared favourably with those of Anthony Trollope, though some critics complained that his writings bared too much his interest in hunting and fishing[1]. However, his fame and popularity did not survive long into the twentieth century. His works were widely pirated in the United States, having no protection from copyright laws. He teamed with such well-known authors as Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, and Walter Besant to abolish this procedure, resulting in the passing of new laws in 1891, but unlike the others, held no grudge against those who sold unauthorized copies of his books while it was legal to do so, which made things easier and friendlier between him and his American publishers[2]. Baum's play was written under this loophole and it is unclear if Black was even aware of its existence. Anthony Trollope (April 24, 1815 – December 6, 1882) became one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. ... “Hunter” redirects here. ... Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish by hooking, trapping, or gathering. ... This article is about the British author. ... Thomas Hardy Thomas Hardy, OM (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) — an English novelist, short story writer, and poet of the naturalist movement — delineated characters struggling against their passions and circumstances. ... Sir Walter Besant (1836 - 1901) was a novelist and historian from London. ... Year 1891 (MDCCCXCI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


Among the later novels may be mentioned two further "tragic" tales: Madcap Violet (1876) and Macleod of Dare (1879); Sunrise (1881) a novel of international political intrigue; Shandon Bells (1883) largely set in Ireland; Yolande (1883) which in part deals with drug addiction; Judith Shakespeare (1884) a historical novel featuring the playwright's daughter; and The New Prince Fortunatus (1890) a novel of London theatrical life. Friendship with actor Mary Anderson brought him to the stage twice in mute roles known as "thinkers" (in Romeo and Juliet and The Winter's Tale), but his nervousness interrupted the entire performance[3]. 1876 (MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... 1879 (MDCCCLXXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1881 (MDCCCLXXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1884 (MDCCCLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar). ... Mary Anderson (July 28, 1859 - May 29, 1940) was an American stage actress. ... Romeo and Juliet in the famous balcony scene by Ford Madox Brown For other uses, see Romeo and Juliet (disambiguation). ... Florizel and Perdita by Charles Robert Leslie. ...


Black also produced the volume Goldsmith (1878) for Morley's English Men of Letters series. 1878 (MDCCCLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ...


Black is remembered by a lighthouse built in the form of a Gothic tower "on a spot that he knew and loved, by his friends and admirers from all over the world," as recorded on a carved plaque over the door. The building was erected in 1901 and is still in use as a lighthouse. It stands a mile or so south of Duart Castle, at the eastern extremity of the Isle of Mull.

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Family

Black's first wife, Augustus Wenzel, died on May 14, 1866 of a fever contracted not long after the birth of their son, Martin. They had only been married since April 8, 1865. Martin would die on March 29, 1871. He first met his second wife, Eva Simpson, daughter of Wharton Simpson, a fellow journalist and fellow member of Whitefriars Club, in 1869. He saw her again in 1872 and used her as the basis for Bell in The Phaeton. They were married in April 1874 and she was still alive when Wemyss Reid, who had offered Black a contributor's role on the Leeds Mercury, published his biography. Sir Thomas Wemyss Reid (1842 - 1905), novelist and biographer, born at Newcastle, and after being connected with various provincial newspapers came to London in 1887 as manager for Cassell and Co. ...


From 1879 until his death he lived at 1 Paston Place, Brighton. Brighton is located on the south coast of England, and together with its immediate neighbour Hove forms the city of Brighton and Hove. ...


Legacy

A collection of sketches, including portions of the suppressed James Merle were published posthumously as With the Eyes of Youth, and Other Sketches (1903). 1900 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ...


References

  1. ^ Reid, 259
  2. ^ Reid, pp. 322-323
  3. ^ Reid, 281-283

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