William Harrison Ainsworth Analysis

Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Most of the work that William Harrison Ainsworth (AYNZ-wurth) produced in forms other than the novel was limited to juvenilia. Before he had reached the age of nineteen, he had published dramas, poems, essays, tales, and translations in local Manchester periodicals. He also wrote several short books of verse and a brief political pamphlet before he became known as a novelist. Later, he contributed some reviews and verse to annuals and magazines. The songs and ballads scattered throughout his novels were collected for separate publication in 1855 and reprinted in 1872. Ainsworth’s association with periodicals was long and significant, and most of his novels were first published as magazine serials. He served as editor with the periodicals Bentley’s Miscellany (1839-1841 and 1854-1868), Ainsworth’s Magazine (1842-1854), and the New Monthly Magazine (1846-1870).