Plumer Ward

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(formerly Robert) (1765–1846), a lawyer and MP. When he was 60 he became, somewhat eccentrically, an exponent of the fashionable novel with the publication of his first novel, Tremaine, or a Man of Refinement (1825). In 1827 appeared De Vere, or the Man of Independence and in 1841 De Clifford, or the Constant Man. All are lengthy, ponderous works, in which (to use the author's own words of Tremaine) ‘variety and incident are equally wanting’.

Subjects: Literature.

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