John Frederick Smith

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John Frederick Smith (1806-1890) was a popular English novelist, who has been called "England's most popular novelist of the mid-nineteenth century".[1] Smith became famous for his serializations in The London Journal. His popular serial Black Bess, or the Knight of the Road, (1863-1868) was a historical novel with Gothic elements; it revolved around the adventures of Dick Turpin.[2]


  • Stanfield Hall (serialized 1849 in The London Journal; 3 vols, 1888-9)
  • Minnigrey (1851-2)


  1. ^ ODNB
  2. ^ Snodgrass, Mary Ellen. The Encyclopedia of Gothic Literature. Infobase Publishing, 2009.ISBN 1438109113, (p. 175).