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Charles Reade

Charles Reade (1814 - 1884) was an English novelist and dramatist, best known for The Cloister and the Hearth. In 1861 Reade published what would become his most famous work, based on a few lines by the medieval humanist Erasmus about the life of his parents. The novel began life as a serial in Once a Week in 1859 under the title "A Good Fight," but when Reade disagreed with the proprietors of the magazine over some of the contentious subject matter (principally the unmarried pregnancy of the...See more