Brooks, Charles William (1816-1874)

Brooks, Charles William Shirley, editor of Punch, was born in London, an architect's son, 29th April 1816. He was articled in 1832 to an Oswestry attorney, but turning reporter, and settling in London, wrote dramas, newspaper articles, and magazine work; in 1870 he succeeded Mark Lemon as editor of Punch. Of his novels the chief are Aspen Court (1855), The Gordian Knot (1860), The Silver Cord (1861) and Sooner or Later (1868). He died 23d February 1874. See Lives by Johnson (1897) and Layard (1907).
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 136.

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