Joseph Hatton

(1841—1907) novelist and journalist

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(1841–1907) married (1860) Louisa Howard Johnson (d. 1900). Born in Andover and educated by tutors and at Bowker's School, Chesterfield, Hatton was the son of the owner of the Derbyshire Times, and came to London in 1868 to edit the Gentleman's Magazine, which he did until 1874. For many years European correspondent of the New York Times, he also wrote about America for an English audience. ‘The New Ceylon’: British North Borneo (1881) is a study of the colony in which his son was killed. He was a prolific author of syndicated newspaper columns, travel books, plays, and novels. By Order of the Czar (1890), a novel about a Jewish woman raped and flogged by the district governor, was banned in Russia. His last two fictions were In Male Attire: A Romance of the Day (1900), a long-winded novel (almost certainly written for serial publication) about a Chicago secretary, Zella Brunnen, who disguises herself as a man in order to avenge the death of her English lover, and A Vision of Beauty (1902), in which a provincial journalist comes to London and becomes ‘the tame slave of a foreign-looking woman’ before discovering a complicated intrigue, repenting, and going back to the country town, the country paper, and his true love. W. B. Maxwell wrote that ‘amiability … seemed to flow from him, so that he could not talk to people without linking arms, or patting and pawing them’.

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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