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Kinahan Cornwallis

New York

Lawyer, editor, novelist, poet, traveller

Kinahan Cornwallis was born in London and attended school in Liverpool, studied for the minstery, then medicine, before entering the British Colonial Civil Service with which he spent two years in Melbourne, Australia. He traveled over the years to the Philippines, Singapore, Ceylon, Egypt, Japan, Africa, South America and Canada. In 1860, he joined the staff of the New York Herald, where he continued on for some nine years. After leaving the Herald, he became editor and owner of the Knickerbocker Magazine and the Albion. In 1886, he assumed control of the Wall Street Daily Investigator. During this time, Cornwallis was also engaged in the practice of law.

[Source: Stanley J. Kunitz & Howard Haycraft (eds.), American Authors 1600-1900: A Biographical Dictionary of American Literature 181 (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1932)]


Kinahan Cornwallis, The Song of America and Columbus, or, The Story of the New World, a greeting to Columbus and Columbia, and descriptive narrative of the voyages and career of Columbus and the precursors of his great discovery, with the sequel as seen in the United States, in celebration of the four-hundreth anniversary of the discovery of America by Columbus, 1492-1892 (New York: Published at the office of The Daily Investigator, 1892) [online text]

_______________, The Conquest of Mexico and Peru; prefaced by The Discovery of the Pacific, an historical narrative poem (New York: Published at the office of The Daily Investigator, 1893)(New York: Published at the office of The Daily Investigator, New ed., 1899) [online text]

_______________, The War for the Union; or, The Duel between North and South; (U.S.A., 1861-1865) A poetical panorama, historical and descriptive (New York: The Wall Street Daily Investigator, 1899) [online text]


Kinahan Cornwallis, My Life and Adventures: An Autobiography (London: A. Hall, Virtue, & Co., 1860)(2 vols.)


Kinahan Cornwallis, Yarra Yarra, or The Wandering Aborigine. A Poetical narrative in thirteen books (London: Ward and Lock, 5th ed., 1858) [online text]

_______________, The New El Dorado; or, British Columbia (London: T.C. Newby, 1858) [online text]

_______________, Two Journeys to Japan, 1856-7 (London: T.C. Newby, 1859) [online text]

_______________, A Panorama of the New World (London: T.C. Newby, 1859)(2 vols.) [online text]

_______________, Wreck and Ruin: or, Modern Society (London: T.C. Newby, 1859)(3 vols.) [online text]

_______________, Royalty in the New world, or, The Prince of Wales in America (New York: M. Doolady, 1860) [online text] [online text]

_______________, Pilgrims of Fashion, a Novel (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1862)

_______________, Adrift with a Vengeance a Tale of Love and Adventure (New York: Carleton [etc., etc.], 1870) [online text]

_______________, The Gold Room and the New York Stock Exchange and Clearing House (New York, A.S. Barnes [1879]) [online text]

_______________, A Marvellous Coincidence; or, A Chain of Misadventures and Mysteries, an American Novel (New York: Dillingham, 1891)