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BRIGHTON                               205
its genuine mediaeval feeling. At the west end of the church Burne-Jones himself lies at rest, and close to him sleeps William Black. The famous novelist, who won his reputation mainly by his power of depicting attractive and lovable, above all intensely human, female characters, was born at Glasgow in 1841, and always retained the most lively affection for Scotland, whose scenery he so splendidly described. From 1878 till his death in 1898 his home was Paston House, Kemp Town, and his favourite walk when there was along the cliffs to Rottingdean. The old Chain Pier he found an agreeable promenade, and used to compose his works pacing up and down it. One of his best novels, Sabina Zembra, is largely devoted to a description of Brighton life. His visible memorial is a lighthouse on Mull, in his native land, but the years which he spent in Brighton have done much to enrich the associations of the town.
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