Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine CH KBE
(1853-1931)

Died aged 78

Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine CH KBE (14 May 1853 – 31 August 1931), usually known as Hall Caine, was a British author. He is best known as a novelist and playwright of the late Victorian and the Edwardian eras. In his time, he was exceedingly popular, and, at the peak of his success, his novels outsold those of his contemporaries. Many of his novels were also made into films. His novels were primarily romances, involving love triangles, but also addressed some of the more serious political and social issues of the day. Caine acted as secretary to Dante Gabriel Rossetti and at one time he aspired to become a man of letters. To this end he published a number of serious works, but these had little success. He was a lover of the Isle of Man and Manx culture, and purchased a large house, Greeba Castle, on the Island. For a time he was a Member of the House of Keys, but he declined to become more deeply involved in Manx politics. A man of striking appearance, he travelled widely and used his travels to provide the settings for some of his novels to good effect. He came into contact with, and was influenced by, many of the leading personalities of the day, particularly those of a socialist leaning. Caine's novels are considered outdated by creators of English literature curricula today, and despite his immense popularity during his life, he is now virtually unknown or forgotten. However, some of his more popular novels have been published as paperbacks in recent years, predominantly for the Manx market catering for tourists to the Isle of Man.

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Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine CH KBE (1853-1931) Caine was born in Bridgewater Street, at a time when his father was working at Runcorn Docks. Preferring to be known as just Hall Caine, he wrote novels (many of which were made into films, including one made by Alfred Hitchcock), plays, short stories, film-scripts, and many works of non-fiction. He was once one of the most successful authors in the world, with sales of his books numbering in the millions. For a time, he acted as secretary to the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and later wrote a book of recollections of his time spent with the famous painter and poet. Caine's friend Bram Stoker, dedicated his horror story 'Dracula' to him under Caine's nickname of 'Hommy-Beg'. He died at his home, Greeba Castle, on the Isle of Man.

The Clarendon pub, Bridgewater Street, Runcorn, United Kingdom where they was born (1853)