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Russell, W. Clark

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction
Author(s):

Sandra Kemp,

Charlotte Mitchell,

David Trotter

Russell, W. Clark [ William Clark Russell] 

(1844–1911) married (1868) Alexandrina Henry.

Born in New York, son of a singer and composer, he was educated at private schools in Winchester and Boulogne, before joining the Merchant Navy at the age of 13. Aged 21 he began to earn his living writing; he was for some time on the Newcastle Daily Chronicle, and later wrote for the Daily Telegraph as ‘Seafarer’. In the 1870s he published two novels as ‘Eliza Rhyl Davies’ and five as ‘Sydney Mostyn’. Under his own name he was the successful author of much fiction and non-fiction mostly about the sea, including An Atlantic Tragedy and Other Stories (1905), and Rose Island: The Strange Story of a Love Adventure at Sea (1900).