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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Edward Smallwood

Author: Edward Smallwood (1806–1882)

Biography: Edward Smallwood was born around 1806 possibly in France. His early life cannot be traced. In 1836, he married Ellen Parker in London and the couple had several children. By this time, Smallwood had written a play Antonio Foscarini (1836) dedicated to his aunt, Countess Annibale Vimercati. He became a bookseller, publisher, and the editor of the short-lived magazine The Psyche as well as the author of two undistinguished historical novels. The marriage was an unhappy one: the couple separated and he evenually filed for divorce citing infidelity with his wife citing violence and desertion. It does not appear to have been granted. Smallwood moved to Italy, evenually becoming the British Consul in Venice. On the death of his wife in 1876, he married Brigida Ivaldi. He died on 10 November 1882 in Florence.

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References: British Census (1841; 1851); John Bull (24 June 1876); North London News (16 November 1861); Probate

Fiction Titles:

  1. Manuella, the Executioner's Daughter: A Story of Madrid.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1837.
  2. The Czar: A Romance of History.  3 vol.  London: Edward Smallwood, 1840.