Brooks, Shirley, 1816-1874

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Shirley Brooks was editor of Punch from 1870 to 1874

From the guide to the Diaries of Shirley Brooks, 1867-1872, (GB 206 Leeds University Library)

English humorist and editor.

From the description of Diaries (2) : autograph manuscripts signed : London and other places in Great Britain, 1865 and 1870. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270875191

Charles William Shirley Brooks (1816-1874) was an English playwright, newspaper columnist, and editor of Punch magazine.

From the description of Shirley Brooks letters, 1854-1874. (University of Delaware Library). WorldCat record id: 658230356

Epithet: Editor of Punch

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000698.0x0001c3

British journalist and playwright.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London?], to Catherine Dickens, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270133741

Shirley Brooks was a writer and humorist, perhaps best known for his affiliation with Punch. He had early success as a writer with popular plays and magazine contributions, and acted as travel correspondent for the London Morning Chronicle. He began a long association with the humor magazine, Punch, in 1851, and became editor in 1870. He was known as a gifted observer and talented writer.

From the description of Shirley Brooks letter to Charles Selby, 1857 Oct. 22. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 63173087

Charles William Shirley Brooks (1816–1874) was an English playwright, newspaper columnist, and editor of Punch magazine.

Charles William Shirley Brooks was born and educated in London, England. Although he passed the Incorporated Law Society examination, he never practiced law. Instead, he chose to pursue careers as journalist, novelist, and dramatist. His first job was as a reporter on the House of Commons for the Morning Chronicle . In 1853, that same newspaper sent him abroad to cover labor and the poor in Russia, Syria, and Egypt. The letters he wrote during his travels were compiled and published under the title Russians of the South (1852).

The plays he wrote and produced were well received in the literary community and included the following: The Creole (1847); Daughter of the Star (1850); The Exposition (1851); Olympics (1861); Guardian Angel ; Lowther Arcade ; Honors and Tricks ; and Our New Governess . In addition to his success as a playwright, Brooks published extensively in popular periodicals and also wrote two novels: Aspen Court, A Story of Our Times (1853), and Gordian Knot (1858).

Brooks joined the staff of Punch in 1851. He wrote a column under the pen-name Epicurus Rotundus. In 1870, Brooks succeeded Mark Lemon as the editor of Punch, though he continued his prolific writing career until his death on February 23, 1874.

The Dictionary of National Biography . Vol II. ed. Sir Leslie Stephen and Sir Sidney Lee. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1973.

From the guide to the Shirley Brooks letters, 1854–1874, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

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creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1816-1874. The diary of Shirley Brooks : manuscript, 1873. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1815-1874. Autograph letter signed and autograph quotation : London, to J. Lucas, [n.d.] and 1871. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Vol. I. 1860.includes:f. 1 Reverend Jacob Abbott: Letter to Griffin and Co.: 1860. f. 3 Reverend John S-C-Abbott: Letter to Griffin and Co.: 1860. f. 5 Jean Victor Adam, Painter: Letter to Griffin and Co.: 1860. f. 6 William Harrison Ainsworth, a..., 1860 British Library
creatorOf Baillie, Joanna, 1762-1851. Uprouse ye, then, my merry men : [clipping of poem, accompanied by ten parodies]. Indiana University
referencedIn Edward S. and Mary Stillman Harkness collection, ca. 1400-1945 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Bradbury, William, 1800-1869. Sketch of the Punch table : autograph manuscript signed, ca. 1860?. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1816-1874. Autograph, [not after 1874]. Texas Christian University
referencedIn LORD CHAMBERLAIN'S PLAYS. Vol. CLXIV (ff. 973). May-July 1850. (1) 'The Woodman's Spirit or Temperance and Intemperance', by E. Stirling. Autograph. ff. 2-17. (2) 'Anato!'. Italian, with English translation. Printed (n.d.). ff. 18-31 b. (3) 'Maremma ... British Library
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1815-1874. Autograph letter signed : [London?], to Catherine Dickens, undated. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1815-1874. Autograph letter signed : to his father, 1863 Dec. 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn LORD CHAMBERLAIN'S PLAYS. Vol. CXXXV (ff. 982). Jan. 1847 (see also 43004, arts. 24-29), except artt. 9-14 (Jan. 1848). (1) 'Helen Fortescue or the Shipbuilder's Daughter'. ff. 2-75 b. (2) 'The Battle of Life, a Love Story', by C. A. Somerset. ff. 76... British Library
creatorOf Harkness, Edward Stephen, 1874-1940,. Edward S. and Mary Stillman Harkness collection, ca. 1400-1945. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf 'The Lowther Arcade, or, Waiting for an omnibus on a rainy day', farce in one act by C. W. S. Brooks. Licence sent 24 June 1854 for performance at the Adelphi 28 June 1854. Request for licence written and signed by Benjamin Webster. Revisions thr... British Library
referencedIn English literature mss., ca. 1750-ca. 1979 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn LORD CHAMBERLAIN'S PLAYS. Vol. CXX (ff. 1135). April-May 1845 (see also 42983). (1) 'Who's the Papa? or my New Counterpane'. ff. 2-45. (2) 'L'Habeas Corpus ou Liberté Libertas', by C. Varin and 'L. Boyer'. French. Printed [1845]. ff. 46-55 b. (3) 'Le... British Library
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1816-1874. Shirley Brooks letters, 1854-1874. University of Delaware Library, Hugh M Morris Library
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1815-1874. Diaries (2) : autograph manuscripts signed : London and other places in Great Britain, 1865 and 1870. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn MISCELLANEOUS AUTOGRAPH LETTERS, chiefly of British actors, dramatists, authors, musicians, etc., addressed mainly to Morris Barnett, actor and dramatist (b. 1800, d. 1856), and to Wellington Guernsey, song-writer and composer (b. 1817, d. 1885); 182..., 19th century British Library
referencedIn Photograph of Shirley Brooks British Library
referencedIn LORD CHAMBERLAIN'S PLAYS. Vol. CLVII (ff. 1072). Sept.-Nov. 1849, except art. 1 (Sept. 1848). (1) 'Leoline', [by T. H. Reynoldson?]. Autograph (?). ff. 2-35. (2) 'Don Giovanni', by T. H. Reynoldson, Act 1 (Act 2 forms 43023, art. 18). Autograph (?). ..., 1848-1849 British Library
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creatorOf MILLAR BEQUEST. Vols. XC, XCI. Autograph collection, 1689-1937 British Library
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1816-1874. Shirley Brooks letter to Charles Selby, 1857 Oct. 22. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf William Tell; or, The strike of the Cantons, burlesque pantomime preceded by a prologue entitled The library of time, by Tom Taylor, A. R. Smith, F. Talfourd and W. P. Hale. Printed (1856), with MS additions. Licence sent 24 May 1856 for performan... British Library
creatorOf Manuscripts of (Charles William) Shirley Brooks , 1867-1872 British Library
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1816-1874. Letter : London, to Mrs. Mark Lemon, 1859 Dec. 8. Texas Christian University
creatorOf MS Mus. 1526. Correspondence A–G.ff. 214.includes:f. 1 Gilbert Abbott A Beckett, barrister and comic writer: J. G. Lewis, autograph collector: Letter to J. G. Lewis from Gilbert Abbott A Beckett: 1857: Autogr. f. 2 E. F. V. About, writer of plays: Si... British Library
creatorOf Diaries of Shirley Brooks, 1867-1872 GB 206 Leeds University Library
referencedIn LORD CHAMBERLA1N'S PLAYS. Vol. CXLV111 (ff. 1144). May-June 1848. (1) 'A Fairy Tale'. ff. 2-34. (2) 'The Lords of Ellingham', by H. Spicer. Printed (1843). ff. 35-76b. (3) 'The Daughter (al. Child) of the Regiment' altered from 'La Fille du Régiment'... British Library
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1816-1874. Letters, ca. 1855-1874, to Percival Leigh. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1816-1874. Papers, 1865-1969. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Collins, Wilkie, 1824-1889. Autograph letter signed : Boulogne, to his mother, Harriet Collins, 1856 Aug. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1815-1874. John Leech scrapbook : manuscript, 1867. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn LORD CHAMBERLAIN'S PLAYS. Vol. CXXXVIII (ff. 873). March-April 1847. (1) 'Irène ou le Magnétisme', by A. E. Scribe and 'Monsieur Lockroy'. French. Printed (1847). ff. 2-19 b. (2) 'Athalie', by J. B. Racine (see also 42884, art. 15). French. Printed ... British Library
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1815-1874. Autograph letter signed : to Wilkie Collins, 1873 June 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Rosenstock autograph collection, 1800-1950 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1816-1874. Autograph letter signed Shirley Brooks to: "My dear Sal" December 17, 1868. Wellesley College
creatorOf Bradbury, William, 1800-1869,. Autograph letter signed : [London], to William Bradbury, 1862 Dec. 31. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Cosens, F. W. (Frederick William), 1819-1889,. Autograph letters signed from F.W. Cosens, London, to various recipients [manuscript], 1869-1877. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Vol. I, ff. 346, A-G.includes:f. 1 Joseph Adams, MD; biographer of John Hunter: Letter to W. Clift: 1817. f. 3 William Davenport Adams, author: Letter to C. D. Sherborn: 1891. f. 4 William Harrison Ainsworth, alias 'Cheviot Ticheburn'; novelist: Le... British Library
creatorOf Kean, Ellen, 1805-1880,. Autograph letter signed from Ellen Kean to Shirley Brooks [manuscript], 1872 August 29. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn NON-SCIENTIFIC correspondence of Sir Richard Owen, K.C.B., Superintendent of the Natural History Departments of the British Museum 1856-1883, with occasional draft replies in Owen's hand, circ. 1838-1889. Prefixed are a few earlier letters (from 1817..., approximately 1838-1889 British Library
creatorOf Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863. Correspondence, 1838-1903. American Primers
referencedIn John Lawrence Toole autograph collection, 1750-1903 and undated. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf J. W. DAVISON PAPERS. Vol. ii. Brooks-Halévy. Principal correspondents include Shirley Brooks, Sir Francis Cowley Burnand, August Cruvelli, Sophie Cruvelli, John Thadeus Delane, Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Annette Essipoff, P. A. Fiorentino.ff. 177.inclu... British Library
creatorOf Broadley, Alexander Meyrick, 1847-1916. Collection of autograph letters, ca. 1822-ca. 1902. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1816-1874. Letter to [Edward?] Walford. London, Eng. 1866 Jan. 7. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn CORRESPONDENCE of Leigh Hunt; 1845-1859.James Henry Leigh Hunt, essayist and poet: Correspondence, etc.: 1806-1859.includes:f. 1 Peter George Patmore, author: Letters to Leigh Hunt: 1835-1845. ff. 3, 19, 2 1, 41, 53, 57, 77, 158 John Forster, biogra..., 1845-1859 British Library
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1815-1874. Diary : manuscript, 1864. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn LORD CHAMBERLAIN'S PLAYS. Vol. CXXX (ff. 1102). May 1846. (1) 'The Irish Tiger', by J. M. Morton. ff. 3-12. (2) 'Love's Victory or the Dead Woman's Secret', by W. T. Townsend. ff. 13-33. (3) 'Robin Hood and Richard Coeur de Lion', by J. H. Stocqueler... British Library
creatorOf SUPPLEMENTARY LAYARD PAPERS. Vol. XIV (ff. 256). Official, semi-official and political correspondence of Layard; 1854-1880. See also Add. 58168.includes:ff. 1, 103 Colonel Alexander Murray Tulloch, KCB 1857; major-general 1859: Letters to Sir A. H...., 1854-1880 British Library
referencedIn LORD CHAMBERLAIN'S PLAYS. Vol. CXVIII (ff. 1161). Jan.-March 1845 (see also 42991, art. 20). (1) 'Paul the Persecuted'. ff. 2-60. (2) 'The Female Bluebeard or the Adventures of Polyphemus Amador de Croustillac'. If. 61-133. (3) 'The Female Bluebeard'... British Library
referencedIn Vol. LVIII ( ff. 339 ). 30 Sept. 1854-14 Dec. 1863.Richard Bentley, publisher (I): Agreements with authors and others: 1829-1871.: Mostly signed.includes:ff. 1, 2, 63, 64, 135, 136, 237 Comte Guglielmo Bruto Icilio Timoleone Libri-Carrucci della S... British Library
referencedIn Papers, 1693-1917 (inclusive), 1762-1917 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf 'Number nip and the spirit bride', drama in two acts by C. W. S. Brooks and Mark Lemon. Licence sent 22 December 1853 for performance at the Adelphi 26 December 1853. Request for licence appears to be written in Benjamin Webster's hand. Revisions... British Library
creatorOf Shirley Brooks letters, 1854–1874 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn LORD CHAMBERLAIN'S PLAYS. Vol. CLIII (ff. 997). Feb.-April 1849 (see also 43010, artt. 5-9). (1) 'Glendwyr of Snowdon or the Rock of Death', by C. Webb. ff. 2-73. (2) 'The Toddyhighs', by J. H. Horncastle. ff. 74-101 b. (3) 'Afloat and Ashore or Brit... British Library
creatorOf Bennoch, Francis, 1812-1890. Correspondence, 1838-1886. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1815-1874. Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to Charles Taylor, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Toole, John Lawrence, 1830-1906,. John Lawrence Toole autograph collection, 1750-1903 and undated. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1815-1874. Autograph letter signed : London, to Madame [Blaze] de Bury, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn George Biddell Airy letters to Captain Ryder and Shirley Brooks., 1829-1861 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf DEXTER DICKENS COLLECTION. Vol. IV (ff. 88). Miscellaneous correspondence and papers of literary men and artists, including Charles Dickens; 1829-1903, n.d. The items are arranged in groups in alphabetical order of writer or main correspondent. For a..., 1829-1904 British Library
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1816-1874. Autograph, ca. 1850. American Primers
referencedIn Autograph File, B, ca.1500-1976. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1816-1874. A collection of signed quotations, etc. : manuscript, 1858-1860 / chiefly by Punch artists. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Crawhall, Joseph, 1821-1896. Punch dinner ticket : [London], to Charles Keene, 1871 July 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf 'Isle of St. Tropez', drama in three acts by M. Williams and F. C. Bernand. Licence sent 19 December 1860 for performance at the St. James's. Contains considerable cuts and additions in pencil and ink, cues and list of props. Actors' names listed... British Library
creatorOf Haydon, Frank Scott, 1822-1887. Correspondence, 1837-1887. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1816-1874. The diary of Shirley Brooks : manuscript, 1873. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn LORD CHAMBERLAIN'S PLAYS. Vol. CLXX (ff. 1132). April-May 1851. (1) 'Bataille de Dames ou un Duel en Amour', by A. E. Scribe and E. W. Legouvé. French. Printed (1851). ff. 2-47 b. (2) 'Une Chaîne', by A. E. Scribe (see also 42983, art. 25). French. P... British Library
referencedIn Vol. I, A-L; 1872-1879. British Museum: Applications, etc., for Reading Room tickets: 1872-1879.: Partly printed.includes:f. 1 William Allingham, poet: Letter to E. A. Bond: 1879. f. 3 Sheldon Amos, jurist: Letter to J. Winter Jones: 1875. f. 4 Rever..., 1872-1879 British Library
creatorOf Oxenford, John, 1812-1877. John Oxenford letters, 1835-1874. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
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creatorOf Brooks, Shirley, 1816-1874. Letter : London, to Mrs. Mark Lemon, 1859 Dec. 8. University of Chicago Library
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Birth 1816-04-29

Death 1874-02-23

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