ARTHUR SKETCHLEY (1817 - 1882)
By
Jennifer Carnell


Arthur Sketchley in about 1865.

Arthur Sketchley was the pseudonym of the humorous writer George Rose. After an initial career as a clerk, Rose became a curate and then a Catholic convert. For a time he was a tutor to sons of Catholic nobility, including those of the Duke of Norfolk. In the early 1860s Rose changed career again, and became famous as the comic writer and performer Arthur Sketchley. Today he is best remembered for his creation of 'Mrs. Brown', a semi-literate working class woman, who acts as narrator in a series of yellowbacks on current events.

Mrs. Brown on the Tichborne Case, (Routledge, 1872)

Bibliography:
The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction by John Sutherland (London: Longman, 1988)

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