Black, William. Born in 1841. English novelist. Spent some time in the study of art but, regarding himself as a failure in the artistic profession, he turned to literature. His first novel, "Love or Marriage," was published in 1868, being followed in 1869 by "In silk Attire," and in 1871 by "A Daughter of Heth," which was a pronounced success. "The Strange Adventures of a Phaeton" and "A Princess of Thule" were published soon after, and his reputation as one of the best novelists of the day was established. For four years he acted as assistant-editor of the "Daily News," but abandoned journalism long before his death in 1898.