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Caine’s popularity during his lifetime was unprecedented. Writing fifteen novels on subjects of adulterydivorce, domestic violenceillegitimacyinfanticidereligious bigotry and women’s rights he became an international literary hal, selling ten million books. Caine was the most highly paid novelist of his day. The Eternal City is the first novel to sell over a million copies worldwide.

Caine adapted seven of his novels for the stage. Most of Caine’s novels were adapted into silent black and white films. Coleby ‘s 18, feet, nineteen-reel film The Prodigal Caien became the longest commercially made British film.

After spending four years in school, Caine was trained as an architectural draughtsman. While growing up he spent childhood holidays with relatives manxmam the Isle of Man.

At seventeen he spent a year there as schoolmaster in Maughold. Afterwards he returned to Liverpool and began a career in journalism, becoming a leader-writer on the Liverpool Mercury. As a lecturer and theatre critic he developed a circle of eminent literary friends that he was influenced by.

Caine moved to London at Dante Gabriel Rossetti ‘s manxmzn and lived with the poet, acting as secretary and companion during the last years of Rossetti’s life. Following the publication of his Recollections of Rossetti inCaine began his career as a writer spanning four decades.

Caine established his residency in the Isle of Man inwhere he sat from to in the Manx House of Keysthe lower house of its legislature.

Caine was elected President of the Manx National Reform League in and kanxman of the Keys’ Committee that prepared the petition for constitutional reform. Caine visited Russia in on behalf of the persecuted Jews. In Caine travelled in the United States and Canada, tye he represented the Society of Authors conducting successful negotiations and obtaining important international copyright concessions from the Dominion Parliament.

During the Great War — Caine wrote many patriotic articles and edited King Albert’s Bookthe proceeds of which went to help Belgian refugees. Caine cancelled many literary contracts in America to devote all his time and energy to the British war effort. Sarah was born in WhitehavenManxnan, and descended from an old Quaker family of Ralph Halls, china manufacturer.

As her husband was a member of the Anglican Church and not a Quaker she vaine her connection with the Society of Friends. Throughout her life she retained the Quaker simplicity of life and dress. In the absence of work he emigrated to Liverpoolwhere he trained as a shipsmith. At the time of Caine’s birth, he was working temporarily in Runcorn docks.

Within a few months the family were back in Liverpoolwhere Caine spent his childhood and youth. They rented rooms at 14 Rhyl Street, Toxtethconvenient for Liverpool Docks and within a small Manx expat community. By they had moved to number During his childhood Caine was occasionally sent to stay with his grandmother, Isabella, and uncle, William, a butcher-farmer, in their thatched cottage at Ballaugh on the Isle of Man.

When Caine was nine he lost two of his young sisters within a year. Five year old Sarah developed hydrocephaly after a fever. Fourteen month old Emma died in convulsions brought on by whooping cough she caught from him and his brother John. Caine was to be sent to the Isle of Man to recover from his illness and grief. He was put on a boat to Ramsey by his father, with a label pinned manxma his coat and assurances that his uncle would meet him.


A fierce storm occurred preventing the ferry gall reaching land. Caine was rescued by a large rowing boat. He would later draw on this experience when writing the scene in The Bondman in which Stephen Orry is cast ashore there. Brown’s public lectures and work among the poor made him a household name in Liverpool.

Caine participated in the literary and debating society Brown had established. While Caine was very young he became well known and highly regarded by the people of south Liverpool. There he was in great demand as a speaker, having the ability to engage an audience from his first word.

James’s School and for several years afterwards continued his education attending evening classes at Halp College, Liverpool Institute. He produced essays, poems, novels and overview histories with little thought of them being published. In common with all 19th thw towns Liverpool was unsanitary. In there had been a cholera epidemic.

As panic and fear of this new and misunderstood disease spread, eight major riots had broken out on the streets along with several smaller uprisings. At fifteen, after leaving school, he was apprenticed to John Murray, an architect and surveyor in Lord Street, Liverpool.

Caine was breaking the news of great majorities before Gladstone had time to open his telegrams. The surveyor-in-chief had not appeared one morning and a fifteen year old Caine took his place. Caine declined the manxjan. Caine’s maternal grandparents had lived with the rest of his family while they were growing up in Liverpool. His grandfather, Ralph Hall, died in Januarywhen Caine was seventeen. In the same year of his life Caine was reunited with William Tirebuck, a friend mansman his school days, when the business of their masters brought them together.

United in their interest in literature, they made a juvenile attempt to establish a monthly manuscript magazine, assisted by Tirebuck’s sister. Tirebuck was editor, printer, publisher and postman; Caine was principal author. One of the magazine’s contributors inherited a small fortune which he invested. About ten thousand copies were printed, followed by a delayed issue no. After this venture Tirebuck returned to his position as junior clerk in a merchant’s office.

Suffering from what he would describe as “the first hint of one of the nervous attacks which even then beset me”, and later as “the first serious manifestation of the nervous attacks which have pursued me through my life”, [34] Caine quit his job with Murray and, arriving unannounced, went to live with his uncle and aunt, James and Catherine Teare in Maughold on the Isle of Man.

Teare was the local schoolmasterand as Caine was to learn, ill with tuberculosis. Caine became his assistant teaching in the schoolhouse. Finding their accommodation in part of the schoolhouse was crowded Caine camped in a nearby tholtana half-ruined cottage. Using his stonemason skills, taught to him by his grandfather Hall, he restored and lived in the cottage.

On the stone lintel above the door he carved the name Phoenix Cottage and the date 8 January Encouraged by Teare, after he had written to reassure Caine’s parents that he might one day be able to make a living majxman a writer, Caine wrote anonymous articles for a local newspaper on a wide range of religious and economic questions. John Ruskin had started his Guild of St George cainee began expressing his ideas in his new monthly series, Fors Clavigerawritten as a result of his feelings regarding the acute poverty and misery in Great Britain at the time.

Rumours of undergraduates, following Ruskin’s ideas, digging the ground outside Oxfordreached Caine. He was inspired by Ruskin to begin writing denunciations of the social system and of the accepted interpretation of the Christian faith.

Following the death of James Teare in DecemberCaine carved a headstone for the grave.

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After officially taking his place as schoolmaster, he also performed the extra unpaid services his uncle had provided, “such as the making of wills for farmers round about, the drafting of agreement and leases, the writing of messages to banks protesting against crushing interest, and occasionally the inditing of love letters for young farm hands to their girls in service on farms that were far away”.


Later he would draw on this material to use in his writing. Come back to your proper work at once. In Aprilat the age of eighteen, Caine was back home in Liverpool where he set about applying his knowledge, gained working in the drawing office, into articles on architectural subjects, and subsequently published in the Builder and Building News. These were Caine’s first works published for a national audience. The articles caught Ruskin’s attention and he wrote words of encouragement to Caine.

Seeking to be published, he offered his services, without payment, as a theatre critic to a number of Liverpool newspapers, which were accepted.

The Charter was an adaptation of Charles Kingsley ‘s novel Alton Lockebut as an unknown writer he could not get it staged. For a few years he was general assistant to a builder, James Bromley who became his friend. Together with William Tirebuck and George Rose, his friends from school days, [51] Caine applied himself to establishing Liverpool branches of the Shakespeare Society, and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

Caine was president of the society and their meetings were reported in the Liverpool newspapers. On 16 October Henry Irving wrote to Caine agreeing to his request to use his portrait in Stray Leaves a new monthly magazine he was launching. Caine was enthralled by Irving’s performance and after his enthusiastic review was published in the newspaper, he was asked to reprint it as a broad-sheet pamphlet, as it was of such a high quality.

Caine’s first short story Max Wieland was published in the Liverpool Critic around A year later Caine became dramatic critic of the Spectator. It was a completion of Coleridge’s unfinished poem Christabel. The Caine family had moved into a larger house inat 59 South Chester Street, Toxtethwhere Caine shared a bedroom with his younger brother John, a shipping clerk. By Caine had permanent lodgings in New Brightonspending weekends there “for the sake of his health”.

In April the same year John, died from tuberculosisaged Dangerously ill, Caine was terrified of suffering the same fate. Manchester Corporation had covertly been buying land for building the proposed Thirlmere Aqueductintended to supply water to the city. When discovered, it outraged the local community. Thirlmereclose to the centre of the Lake District, in an area, not only celebrated in the poetry of early conservationist William Wordsworth and fellow Lake poets, but also used as a summer residence by writers, amongst others.

Caine, incensed at what he perceived as a threat to his beloved Cumbria, joined the movement, initiating a Parliamentary petition.

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In response to his lecture The Supernatural in Shakespeare[69] given in Julyin a meeting chaired by Professor Edward DowdenMatthew Arnold wrote him a long letter of praise. He was also praised by Keats ‘s biographer, Lord Houghton.

At Irving’s invitation, he travelled to London to attend Irving’s first night at the Lyceum Theatre under his own management, presenting his new production of Hamlet with Ellen Terry as Ophelia on 30 December.

It was at this time that Caine was introduced to Irving’s business manager, Bram Stokerwho was to become one of his closest friends. He spoke of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildingsits purpose, actions and achievements. One of the society’s founders was William Morris.

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