See also:English publisher and author, the son of a bookseller and printer at Windsor, was
See also:born on the 15th of
See also:March 1791 . He was apprenticed to his
See also:father, but on the completion of his indentures he took up journalism and interested himself in several newspaper speculations . In 1823, in conjunction with friends he had made as publisher (182o-1821) of The Etonian, he started Knight's Quarterly
See also:Magazine, to which W . M . Praed, Derwent
See also:Coleridge and Macaulay contributed . The venture was brought to a close with its
See also:sixth number, but it initiated for Knight a career as publisher and author which extended over
See also:forty years . In 1827 Knight was compelled to give up his
See also:publishing business, and became the
See also:superintendent of the publications of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, for which he projected and edited The
See also:British Almanack and
See also:Companion, begun in 1828 . In 1829 he resumed business on his own account with the publication of The Library of Entertaining Knowledge, writing several volumes of the series himself . In 1832 and 1833 he started The
See also:Penny Magazine and The .Penny Cyclopaedia, both of which had a large circulation . The Penny Cyclopaedia, however, on account of the heavy
See also:duty, was only completed in 1844 at a
See also:great pecuniary sacrifice . Besides many illustrated
See also:editions of standard
See also:works, including in 1842 The Pictorial
See also:Shakespeare, which had appeared in parts (1838-1841), Knight published a variety of illustrated works, such as Old England and The
See also:Land we Live in . He also undertook the series known as Weekly Volumes .
He himself contributed the first
See also:volume, a biography of
See also:Caxton . Many famous books,
See also:Miss Martineau's Tales, Mrs
See also:Jameson's Early
See also:Italian Painters and G . H . Lewes's
See also:History of Philosophy, appeared for the first
See also:time in this series . In 1853 he became editor of The English Cyclopaedia, which was practically only a revision of The Penny Cyclopaedia, and at about the same time he began his Popular History of England (8 vols., 1856-1862) . In 1864 he withdrew from the business of publisher, but he continued to write nearly to the close of his long
See also:life, publishing The Shadows of the Old Booksellers (1865), an autobiography under the title Passages of a Working Life during
See also:Half a Century (2 vols., 1864-x863), and an
See also:historical novel, Begg'd at
See also:Court (1867) . He died at Addlestone, Surrey, on the 9th of March 1873 . See A . A . Clowes, Knight, a
See also:Sketch (I892); and F . Espinasse, in The Critic (May 186o) .
FREIHERR VON ADOLF FRANZ FRIEDRICH KNIGGE (1752-179...
DANIEL RIDGWAY KNIGHT (1845– )
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