Last Name Payn
First Name James
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Birth Date 1830
Death Date 1898
Gender m
Biographical Notes Payn had many notable friends in the victorian literary scene, including: Charles Dickens, Thomas De Quincey, and Wilkie Collins. He was a talented writer of fiction who worked within his limits. Payn also lived in Ambleside for a time.
Biographical Annotation James Payn was a novelist and journal editor. As a young man he studied at Eton College and in the Royal Military Academy, but was not well suited to formal education, though he did eventually graduate from Trinity College, Cambridge. One of his first published articles appeared in Household Words, and he subsequently developed a friendship with Charles Dickens. In 1854, he married and moved to Rydal Cottage, Ambleside, where he was introduced to prominent literary figures like Harriet Martineau, Matthew Arnold, Arthur Clough and Thomas de Quincey. He became the editor of Chambers Journal and held that post until 1874. In 1883, he became the editor of Cornhill Magazine. Though he never became a major novelist, he was both a prolific writer and an influential editor. [info from ODNB]
Nationality English
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Resident In the Lake District Yes
Resident In London Yes
Resident Outside UK Yes
Travel Outside UK Yes
Birthplace Cheltenham
Deathplace Kilburn