Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Ainsworth, William Harrison
AINSWORTH, WILLIAM HARRISON, an English novelist; born in Manchester, Feb. 4, 1905. Educated in Manchester, he went to London, edited "Bentley's Magazine" in 1840, "Ainsworth's Magazine" (1842-1853), and the "New Monthly Magazine." He wrote 250 novels and enjoyed enormous popularity. His books are still read for their vivacious narratives and powerful descriptions. The most widely known among them is probably "Jack Sheppard" (1839). He died in Ryegate, Jan. 3, 1882.