William Hepworth Dixon (1821-1879) was an author who wrote several books and contributed to the
Athenaeum and the
Daily News. He was the editor of the
Athenaeum (1853-69), and helped to found the Palestine Exploration Fund. The collection consists of correspondence from various persons
to William H. Dixon, mainly in his capacity as editor of the
Athenaeum (1853-69) and as an author.
Dixon was born on June 30, 1821 at Great Ancoats in Manchester, England; wrote a five-act tragedy, The Azamoglan, which was privately printed; editor of Cheltenham Journal, 1846; called to bar in London, 1854, but never practiced law; contributor to the Athenaeum and the Daily News; wrote Life of William Penn (1851); editor of the Athenaeum, 1853-69; traveled widely and helped to found the Palestine Exploration Fund; fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; active
in improving working class housing; appointed justice of the peace for Middlesex and Westminster, 1869; wrote several books,
including The Story of Lord Bacon's Life (1862); died December 27, 1879.
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