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C. N. Williamson

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Charles Norris Williamson.
Charles Norris Williamson.
The Shop Girl (1916)
The Shop Girl (1916)
C N & A M Williamson
C N & A M Williamson

Charles Norris (C N) Williamson (1859–1920) was a British writer, motoring journalist and founder of the Black and White who was perhaps best known for his collaboration with his wife, Alice Muriel Williamson, in a number of novels and travelogues.


Born in Exeter, Williamson was educated at University College, London, where he studied engineering. He spent eight years as a journalist on the Graphic before establishing the Black and White in 1891 as founding editor. He published a Life of Carlyle in 1881. Several of the Williamsons' short stories and novels later became films.

Charles Norris Williamson wrote many of his published works in partnership with his wife, Alice who he married in 1894; she apparently said of him "Charlie Williamson could do anything in the world except write stories": she also said "I can't do anything else." Charles wrote some novels on his own, as did Alice after her husband's death

He died at Combe Down, Bath, on Sunday 3 October 1920.[1]


Edited by C N Williamson and R H Shepherd

  • Memoirs of Carlyle with personal Reminiscences and Selections from his private Letters. 2 vols. 1881.

Authored by C N & A M Williamson

  • The Eccentricity of Fleetwood, The Strand Magazine (US) Aug 1901
  • The Lightning Conductor (1902)
  • The Princess Passes, Metropolitan Magazine (New York) Oct, Nov 1904
  • Lady Betty Crosses the Ocean, Ladies' Home Journal Oct 1905
  • My Friend the Chauffeur (1905)
  • Lady Betty Across the Water (1906)
  • Lady Betty Runs Away, Ladies' Home Journal Jan 1906
  • The Chauffeur and the Chaperon, The Delineator Oct 1906
  • A Real English Christmas with Lady Betty, Ladies Home Journal Dec 1906
  • The Princess Virginia, Ladies' Home Journal Oct, Dec 1906, Jan 1907
  • The Botor Chaperon, The Grand Magazine Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 1906, Jan 1907
  • The Car of Destiny (1907)
  • Set in Silver (1909)
  • The Motor Maid (1910)
  • The Golden Silence (1910)
  • Flower Forbidden [Part 1], Smith’s Magazine Apr 1911
  • The Heather Moon (1912)
  • Champion: The Story of a Motor Car (1913)
  • The Love Pirate (1913)
  • The Port of Adventure (1913)
  • The Shop-Girl, Munsey's Magazine Jul 1914
  • It Happened in Egypt (1914)
  • The Love Trees, Munsey’s Magazine, Dec 1915
  • This Woman to This Man, All-Story Weekly Apr 29, 13 May 1916
  • The War Wedding (1916)
  • The Lightning Conductress (1916)
  • The Shop-Girl (1916)
  • The Lion’s Mouse, Munsey’s Magazine, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug 1918
  • The Second Latchkey (1920)
  • Berry Goes to Monte Carlo (1921)
  • The Great Pearl Secret (1921)

For an unknown period, but certainly in the 1890s he edited (or "conducted") a 1 penny fortnightly periodical entitled "The Minute, illustrated" A sort of Readers Digest of contemporary Victorian society. Supported by much advertising.



  1. ^ The Scotsman 6 October 1920
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