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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th February 1915 Comedian Dick Emery was born in Bloomsbury, London.
19th February 1897 Charles Blondin, French tightrope walker and acrobat died from diabetes in Ealing.
19th February 1838 Jane Alsop's terrifying encounter with Spring Heeled Jack.
19th February 1401 William Sawtree, 1st English religious martyr, burned in London
Author Wilkie Collins lived here
Wilkie Collins, celebrated Victorian fiction author, lived here.
Location: 90 Gloucester Place (now 65), W1U
Description: Victorian fiction author Wilkie Collins lived here in the 19th Century. He wrote 27 novels, more than 50 short stories, at least 15 plays, and more than 100 non-fiction pieces.
He was a close friend of Charles Dickens and was one of the biggest authors and celebrities of his time. But after his death, his reputation declined as Dickens's bloomed.
For more information and to find our more about this great man - please visit these valuable information sources which outline details before and after 1848:
http://www.wilkie-collins.info/wilkie_collins_lived.htm & http://www.wilkiecollins.com/
Tagged in this Tour: Charles Dickens' London