Edward Dicey

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Edward Dicey
Edward Dicey.jpg
Edward Dicey in 1865
Born Edward James Stephen Dicey
(1832-05-15)15 May 1832
Leicestershire, England
Died 7 July 1911(1911-07-07) (aged 79)
London, England
Education King's College, London, Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Author, journalist and editor
Spouse(s) Anne Greene Chapman (1867-1878)
Children One son
Relatives A. V. Dicey (brother)
Sir James Stephen (uncle)
James Fitzjames Stephen (cousin)
Leslie Stephen (cousin)

Edward James Stephen Dicey (15 May 1832 – 7 July 1911) was an English writer, journalist, and editor.

Life[edit]

He was born on 15 May 1832 at Claybrook, near Lutterworth, Leicestershire. He was the second son of Thomas Edward Dicey, of an old Leicestershire family, who was senior wrangler in 1811, was a pioneer of the Midland Railway, and owned the Northampton Mercury. His mother Anne Mary, was sister of Sir James Stephen; aunt of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen and Sir Leslie Stephen. His younger brother was Professor Albert Venn Dicey.[1]

He was educated at home and, for about two years, at King's College, London. Edward went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1850, was president of the Cambridge Union, and graduated B.A. in 1854 with a third class in the classical tripos, and as a senior optime in mathematics.[2]

After leaving Cambridge he went for a short time into business without success, and then took to writing, for which he had inherited from his mother and her family a singular facility. He travelled abroad and interested himself in foreign politics. In 1861, he published both Rome in 1860 and Cavour a Memoir,. In 1862, Dicey visited America, and wrote on the American civil war in Macmillan's Magazine and the Spectator. In 1863 Six Months in the Federal States, 'met with a somewhat lukewarm reception,' on account of the northern sympathies of the author.[1]

In 1861, Dicey became connected with the Daily Telegraph, and his style and knowledge of foreign questions led to his being made a permanent member of the staff in 1862. Among his colleagues were Sir Edwin Arnold, an old school friend, Francis Lawley, and George Augustus Sala. He was a leader-writer for the paper, and also acted as special correspondent in the Second Schleswig War, and the Austro-Prussian War.[1]

While in the East in 1869, he accepted an offer of the editorship of the Daily News, and held this post for three months in 1870. On leaving it he at once became editor of the Observer, and filled that office for nineteen years (1870-89), continuing to write for the paper for some time after he ceased to edit it.[1]

Subsequently he was a constant contributor to the Nineteenth Century, the Empire Review, and other periodicals. His interest in foreign politics remained keen, especially in the affairs of Eastern Europe. He was a frequent visitor to Egypt, and formed at first hand well-defined views of England's position there, at one time advocating the annexation of the country by Great Britain. He was a strong supporter of friendly relations between England and Germany, and closely studied South African matters in later years.[1]


Dicey had entered at Gray's Inn as a student in 1865, and was called to the bar in 1875, but did not practice. During his later life he made his home in chambers in the Inn, of which he became a bencher in 1896, and treasurer in 1903 and 1904. In 1886, he was made a C.B. He was a familiar figure at the Athenæum and Garrick Clubs. He died at his chambers in Gray's Inn on 7 July 1911, and was buried in the Brompton cemetery, the first part of the funeral service taking place in Gray's Inn Chapel.[1]

Family[edit]

He married in 1867 Anne Greene Chapman of Weymouth, Massachusetts; she died in 1878; they had one son.[1]

Works[edit]

  • Rome in 1860 (1861)
  • Cavour: A Memoir (1861)
  • Six Months in the Federal States (1863)
  • The Schleswig-Holstein War (1864)
  • The Battle-Fields of 1866 (1866)
  • A Month in Russia during the Marriage of the Czarevitch (1867)
  • The Morning Land, being Sketches of Turkey, the Holy Land, and Egypt (1870)
  • England and Egypt (1881)
  • Victor Emmanuel (1882)
  • Bulgaria, the Peasant State (1894)
  • The Story of the Khedivate (1902)
  • The Egypt of the Future (1907).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Lucas 1912.
  2. ^ "Dicey, Edward James Stephen (DCY849EJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
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Media offices
Preceded by
Thomas Walker
Editor of The Daily News
1870 - 1870
Succeeded by
Frank Harrison Hill
Preceded by
Joseph Snowe
Editor of The Observer
1870 - 1889
Succeeded by
Henry Duff Traill