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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Robert Frederick Boyle

Author: Robert Frederick Boyle (1841–1883)

Biography: Robert Frederick Boyle was born in 1841 in Brighton, the second son of John Boyle. He attended Balliol College, Oxford, earned a B.A. in 1864, became a fellow of All Souls' College, and earned an M.A. in 1866. The same year Boyle was called to the bar at the Middle Temple. He wrote one novel, Piebald (1867). Boyle worked as an inspector of schools for Somerset. In 1873 he married Minna Antoinetta Beatrice Elton, the niece of Sir Arthur Elton. The marriage was short lived: his wife died in 1876 shortly after giving birth to a daughter who also died young. He did not remarry and died in 1883 in Florence of typhoid fever.

References: Boase; British Census (1881); Burke; Times (23 May 1883; 28 May 1883)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Piebald: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1867.