Edward Howard (novelist)

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


He 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 `Rattlin the Reefer,' 3 vols. London, 1836, a maritime novel, was marketed as 'edited by the author of "Peter Simple,"' and on this account has been erroneously assigned to Marryat. 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 (Sep 2004), "Howard, Edward (bap. 1793, d. 1841)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press), retrieved 20 May 2010, (subscription required (help)) 
  2. ^ a b  "Howard, Edward (d.1841)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 

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