A regular contributor to both the Dickens journals — Household Words (1850-1859) and All the Year Round (30 April 1859-), Eliza Lynn Linton (1822-1898) was both a noted journalist and prolific novelist; her chief editor, Dickens, regarded her as thoroughly flexible and highly reliable. In My Literary Life (1899), she pronounced him as "one, who wrote so tenderly, so sentimentally, so gushingly, [yet] had a strain of hardness in his nature which was like a rod of iron in his soul" (cited by Davis, 209).

1822        10 February, born at Keswick, Cumberland, to the Reverend J. Lynn, vicar of Crosthwaite, Cumberland; on her mother's side she was a granddaughter of Dr. Samuel Goodenough, the Bishop of Carlisle.

1827        Her mother dies, leaving twelve children to a husband not much interested in them.

1845        Determined to become a journalist, she moves to London and becomes the protege of Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864). She begins her career by researching a pair of historical romances in the Reading Room of the British Museum.

1846        Novel Azeth the Egyptian (3 vols., 1846).

1848        Novel Amymone: A Romance in the Days of Pericles.

1851        Novel Realities, A Tale of Modern Life (3 vols.); joins the staff of The Morning Chronicle.

1858       Marries the Chartist, radical printer, and book and magazine illustrator W. J. Linton, a widower some ten years her senior.

1860        May. She contributes her first article to Charles Dickens's new weekly journal All the Year Round, and publishes a volume of short fiction, Witch Stories.

1864        Travel book The Lake Country, illustrated by W. J. Linton.

1865        Novel Grasp Your Nettle. 3 vols.

1866        Novel Lizzie Lorton of Greyrigg (2 vols.); joins the staff of the Monthly Review; in The Saturday Review she publishes the first of her attacks on "The New Woman."

1867        Novel Sowing the Wind. 3 vols. She and Linton separate; he emigrates to New Haven, Connecticut, to found the Appleton Press; she returns to her career as a London journalist.

1872        Novel The True History of Joshua Davidson.

1874-75   Novel Patricia Kemble. Feb. 1874-Feb 1875 in Temple Bar.

1875-76   Novel The Atonement of Leam Dundasruns from August 1875 through June 1876 in Vols. 31-33 of The Cornhill Magazine; and is subsequently published in volume form.

1877        Novel The World Well Lost serialised in Belgravia Jan.-Dec.

1878        Novel Under Which Lord?.

1879        Short story "Misericordia."

1880        Novel The Rebel of the Family published as a triple-decker by Chatto and Windus, London; short story collection "With a Silken Thread" and Other Stories published in 3 vols. (rpt. from Household Words, All the Year Round, and Queen.

1880        Novel Ione serialised in Temple Bar Jan.-Dec., and subsequently published in 3 vols. (1883); short story "The Fate of Madame Cabanel."

1881        Novel "My Love!" serialised in The Bolton Evening News, and subsequently published in 3 vols.

1885        Novella Stabbed in the Dark, Rift in the Lute: A Tale, and the critically acclaimed novel The Autobiography of Christopher Kirkland.

1886        Novel Paston Carew, Millionaire and Miser published serially from Jan. to Dec. in Temple Bar.

1888        Novel Through the Long Night serialised in The People.

1890        Travel book About Ulster.

1891        Travel book About Ireland; short story collection "An Octave of Friends," with Other Silhouettes and Stories.

1894        Novel The One Too Many serialised in the Lady's Pictorial.

1895        Novel In Haste and At Leisure published in 3 vols.

1896        Novel Dulcie Everton published in 3 vols.; short story collection "Twixt Cup and Lip," and Other Stories.

1898       14 July, dies in London.

1899       My Literary Life, her autobiography, published posthumously.

1900       G. S. Layard published a biography of Linton, and the novel The Second Youth of Theodora Desanges with an introduction by Layard published posthumously.


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