C. E. Bechhofer Roberts

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Carl Eric Bechhofer Roberts (1894-1949) was a British author and journalist.


Roberts was born and raised in London but moved to Germany to study classics. He worked as a professional writer, producing works on travel, biography, criminology, fiction, paranormal, translation and drama.[1]

Roberts met Gurdjieff in Tiflis in 1919. His book Denikin's Russia and the Caucasus, 1919-1920 (1921) contained the first description of Gurdjieff published in English.[2]

In his book The Truth about Spiritualism (1932) he came to the conclusion that there is no evidence for the spirit hypothesis in mediumship. According to the research of Roberts all séance and spiritualist phenomena can be explained by "telepathy, self-deception, fraud or neurosis".[3]

Roberts was convinced that the medium Helen Duncan was a fraud and wrote a foreword to the book The Trial of Mrs. Duncan (1945) by Helena Normanton.[4]

His 1928 novel This Side Idolatry (under the pseudonym "Ephesian") was the first public presentation of the relationship between Charles Dickens and the actress Ellen Ternan.[5]


  • Famous American Trials (1947)
  • Sir John Simon: Being an Account of the Life And Career of John Allesbrook Simon (1938)
  • Sir Travers Humphreys: His Career and Cases (1936)
  • Nurse Cavell: A Play in Three Acts (1933)
  • The Truth about Spiritualism (1932)
  • The Mysterious Madame: A Life of Madame Blavatsky (1931)
  • Philip Snowden: An Impartial Portrait (1929)
  • This Side Idolatry (1928, as "Ephesian")
  • Winston Churchill (1927, as "Ephesian")
  • The Literary Renaissance in America (1923)
  • In Denikin's Russia and the Caucasus, 1919-1920 (1921)
  • A Russian Anthology in English (1917)

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  1. ^ C. E. Bechhofer Roberts (1894-1949).
  2. ^ The Forest Philosophers by C. E. Bechhofer Roberts.
  3. ^ The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art 154 (1932). J. W. Parker and Son. p. 541.
  4. ^ Normanton, Helena (1945). The Trial of Mrs. Duncan. Jarrolds Publishers Limited. pp. 9–25. 
  5. ^ Schlicke, Paul, ed. (2011). The Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens (Anniversary ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-964018-8. 

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