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Hall Caine


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Hall Caine : The Manxman

George Gissing in diary, 9 August 1894: "'Read Hall Caine's 'The Manxman', which has just appeared in 1 vol., instead of 3."

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: George Gissing      Print: Book


Hall Caine : The Bondman

I had also read 'Paper Bag Cookery' -one of my father's fads -because I wanted to try it. Now I saw 'The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius' in leather: it defeated me. Wordsworth and Milton at least wrote in short lines with wide margins. I moved on to a book by Hall Caine called 'The Bondman'. It appeared to be about a marriage and I noticed that the men and women talked in the dangerous adult language which I associated with 'The bad girl of the family'. 'The Bondman' also suggested a doom -the sort of doom my mother sang about which was connected with Trinity Church and owing the rent.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Victor Sawdon Pritchett      Print: Book


Hall Caine : The Scapegoat

' ... Gladstone, who was meticulous in keeping a record of his reading, noted only one [Hall] Caine novel, "The Scapegoat", which he read on publication in 1891 ...'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: William Ewart Gladstone      Print: Book


Hall Caine : The Woman of Knockaloe (Introduction)

Newman Flower, head of Cassell's, describes returning to work after period of illness to find first bound copy of Hall Caine's The Woman of Knockaloe (1923): 'I began to read ... [the introduction, signed by himself]. They were pages of adulation of the author and his beliefs. And I had not written nor seen a word of it!'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Newman Flower      Print: Book


Hall Caine : 

'In respect of contemporary novels he [Tennyson] had a very catholic taste. Latterly he read Stevenson and George Meredith with great interest: also Walter Besant, Black, Hardy, Henry James, Marion Crawford, Anstey, Barrie, Blackmore, Conan Doyle, Miss Braddon, Miss Lawless, Ouida, Miss Broughton, Lady Margaret Majendie, Hall Caine, and Shorthouse. He liked Edna Lyall's Autobiography of a Slander, and the Geier-Wally by Wilhelmina von Hillern; and often gave his friends Surly Tim to read, for its "concentrated pathos." "Mrs Oliphant's prolific work," he would observe, "is amazing, and she is nearly always worth reading."'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Alfred Tennyson      Print: Unknown


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