Readeís full name was William Winwood Reade: on the Martrydom, and on his last book, The Outcast, it stands as Winwood Reade, his literary choice. A nephew of Charles Reade, he was born at Murrayfield, near Crieff, on 26 December, 1838, and died at Wimbledon, on 24th April, 1875. (These are the dates of Mr. Legge, who seems, however, not to have finally correlated them.) He published in 1859 Charlotte and Myra; in 1860 Liberty Hall Oxon (his college was Magdalen, then known as Hertford); in 1860 The Veil of Isis, an attack on Catholicism. His first visit to Africa was in 1862. In 1865 he published See-Saw; in 1868 he again went to Africa, and in 1873 appeared his African Sketch Book, which is in part an abridgment of his Savage Africa (1863). The Martyrdom of Man was published in 1872. In 1873 he made his third trip to Africa, as Times correspondent in the Ashanti War, which he saw through, being the only civilian present at the taking of Coomassie; and in 1874 appeared his Story of the Ashanti Campaign, embodying, with criticism, his Times letters. In his last illness he wrote The Outcast (1875) setting forth in fiction form the fate of persecution attaching to the aggressive profession of "unbelief." Orthodox writers have stressed the fact that, while he again professes his disbelief in immortality, he doe4s not profess to "know." The Outcast reached a third edition in the year of its issue, but does not appear to have been since reprinted until its publication by Watts & Co., in the Thinkerís Library series in 1933.

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