Hall Caine biography

Hall Caine

Novelist, Author

1853 – 1931


Who was Hall Caine?

Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine CH, KBE, usually known as Hall Caine, was a Manx 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.


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May 14, 1853
Also known as
  • Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine
  • Sir Hall Caine
  • T. Caine
  • Thomas Henry Hall Caine
  • Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine CH
  • Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine CH, KBE
  • Manx people
  • England
  • United Kingdom
Aug 31, 1931
Greeba Castle

on July 23, 2013

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