Charles Kegan Paul

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Charles Kegan Paul.

Charles Kegan Paul (1828 – 19 July 1902) was an English publisher and author.


Paul was born at White Lackington, Somerset, and was educated at Eton and at Exeter College, Oxford. He became curate at Great Tew in 1851. From 1853 to 1862 he was a master at Eton. After twelve years as vicar of Sturminster Marshall from 1862 to 1874, he entered the publishing business in London, from which he retired in 1899. Kegan Paul's business was continued by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co. which merged with George Routledge in 1912.

He left the Church of England for Positivism, and in his last years entered the Roman Catholic Church. He died on 19 July 1902.[1] His portrait was painted by Anna Lea Merritt.[2]


As an author he is best known for his biographies and translations.


He married Margaret Agnes Colville,[3] daughter of Andrew Colville (1779–1856), businessman and administrator. Her siblings included James William Colvile, a judge in colonial India; Eden Colvile, Governor of Rupert's Land and the Hudson's Bay Company; Isabella Colville, mother of football pioneer Francis Marindin; and Georgiana Mary, Baroness Blatchford.

Their son Eden Paul (1865–1944) was a socialist physician, writer and translator.


  1. ^ "Obituary". The Times (36825). London. 21 July 1902. p. 6.
  2. ^,_Charles_Kegan_(DNB12)
  3. ^ Tedder, Henry Richard (1912). Dictionary of National Biography (supplement ed.). |access-date= requires |url= (help)

Further reading[edit]

Leslie Howsam, Kegan Paul: A Victorian Imprint: Publishers, Books and Cultural History, London : Kegan Paul International, 1998, ISBN 0710306059; University of Toronto Press, 1998, ISBN 0802041264.

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