Edward Howard (novelist)

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Edward Howard (baptised 1793 – 30 December 1841) was an English novelist and sub-editor of The Metropolitan Magazine. He then worked for New Monthly Magazine. His most successful books were Sir Henry Morgan and Rattlin the Reefer.[1]


Howard entered the navy, where Captain Frederick Marryat was his shipmate. On obtaining his discharge he became a contributor of sea stories to periodical literature. When Marryat took the editorship of the Metropolitan Magazine in 1832, he chose Howard for his sub-editor. He subsequently joined the staff of the New Monthly Magazine, then edited by Thomas Hood. Howard died suddenly on 30 December 1841.[2] His widow, Anne Roper Howard, remarried in 1846 Octavian Blewitt, secretary to the Royal Literary Fund.


His Rattlin the Reefer, 3 vols. London, 1836, a maritime novel, was marketed as "edited by the author of Peter Simple," and on this account was erroneously assigned to Marryat. It is available free as an E-book.[3] Howard's other works, which were mostly issued as "by the author of Rattlin the Reefer," are:

  • The Old Commodore, 3 vols. London, 1837.
  • Outward Bound; or, a Merchant's Adventures, London, 1838.
  • Memoirs of Admiral Sir Sidney Smith, K.C.B., 2 vols. London, 1839.
  • Jack Ashore, 3 vols. London, 1840.
  • The Centiad: a Poem in four books, London, 1841.
  • Sir Henry Morgan, the Buccaneer, 3 vols. London, 1842 (another edition 1857).
  • The Marine Ghost, in Part i. of Tales from Bentley, 1859.[2]


  1. ^ Hinings, Jessica (September 2004), "Howard, Edward (bap. 1793, d. 1841)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, retrieved 20 May 2010
  2. ^ a b "Howard, Edward (d.1841)" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  3. ^ Retrieved 13 May 2019.

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