Jeffery Farnol

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John Jeffery Farnol
Picture of Jeffery Farnol.jpg
Born (1878-10-02)2 October 1878
Aston, Birmingham, England, UK
Died 9 August 1952(1952-08-09) (aged 73)
Eastbourne, England, UK
Pen name Jeffery Farnol
Occupation writer
Language English
Nationality British
Period 1907-1952
Genre Romance
Spouse Blanche Wilhelmina Victoria Hawley (1900-1938),
Phyllis Mary Clarke (1938-1952)
Children 2

Jeffery Farnol (10 February 1878 – 9 August 1952) was a British writer since 1907 until his death, known for his over 40 romance novels, some formulaic and set in the Georgian Era or English Regency period, and swashbucklers, he with Georgette Heyer founded the Regency romantic genre.

Biography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

John Jeffery Farnol was born in Aston, Birmingham, England, UK, son of Kate Jeffery and Henry John Farnol, a factory-employed brass-founded. The marriage had three more children, two boys and a girl.[1] He was brought up in London and Kent. He attended the Westminster School of Art, after he had lost his job in a Birmingham metal-working firm.

In 1900, he married Blanche Wilhelmina Victoria Hawley (1883-1955), the 16 years old daughter of the noted New York scenic artist H. Hughson Hawley; they moved to the United States, where he found work as a scene painter. The marriage had a daughter, Gillian Hawley. He returned to England around 1910, and settled in Eastbourne, Sussex. In 1938, he divorced and remarried with Phyllis Mary Clarke on 20 May, and adopted her daughter, Charmian Jane.[2]

On 9 August 1952, he died aged 73 in Eastbourne, after a long battle with cancer.

Writing career[edit]

He published his first romance novel My Lady Caprice in 1907. The success of his early novels led Farnol to become a professional writer. He produced around 40 novels and volumes of stories, and some non-fiction and children's books. His last book was completed by his second wife Phyllis.

Two of his early books, The Amateur Gentleman and The Broad Highway, have been issued in a version edited by mediatic romance novelist Barbara Cartland.

Bibliography[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • My Lady Caprice (1907) [Later issued as "Chronicles of the Imp"]
  • The Broad Highway (1910)
  • The Money Moon (1911)
  • Fortune's Fool (1912)
  • The Honourable Mr. Tawnish (1913)
  • Beltane the Smith (1915)
  • The Definite Object (1917)
  • Our Admirable Betty (1918)
  • The Geste of Duke Jocelyn (1919)
  • Sir John Dering (1923)
  • The Quest of Youth (1927)
  • Gyfford of Weare (1928)
  • The Shadow (1929)
  • Another Day (1929)
  • Over the Hills (1930)
  • A Jade of Destiny (1931)
  • Charmian Lady Vibart (1932)
  • Voices from the Dust (1932)
  • The Way Beyond (1933)
  • Winds of Fortune (1934)
  • John o'the Green (1935)
  • Portrait of a Gentleman in Colours (1935)
  • A Pageant of Victory (1936)
  • A Book for Jane (1937)
  • The Lonely Road (1938)
  • The Happy Harvest (1939)
  • A New Book for Jane (1939)
  • Adam Penfeather, Buccaneer (1940)
  • A Matter of Business and other stories (1940)
  • The King Liveth (1943)
  • The Piping Times (1945)
  • Most Sacred of All (1948)
  • My Lord of Wrybourne (1948) [US Title: Most Sacred of All]
  • The Fool Beloved (1949)
  • The Glad Summer (1951)
  • Justice by Midnight (1955)

Treasure & Vengeance Series[edit]

  1. Black Bartlemy's Treasure (1920)
  2. Martin Conisby's Vengeance (1921)

Jasper Shrig Series[edit]

  1. The Amateur Gentleman (1913)
  2. Peregrine's Progress (1922)
  3. The Loring Mystery (1925)
  4. High Adventure (1926)
  5. The Crooked Furrow (1937)
  6. Murder by Nail (1942) [US Title: Valley of the Night]
  7. Heritage Perilous (1946)
  8. The Ninth Earl (1950)
  9. Waif of the River (1952)

Omnibus collections[edit]

  • The Shadow, and Other Stories (1929)
  • Voices from the Dust (1932)
  • A Matter of Business (1940)

Non fiction[edit]

  • Some War Impressions (1918)

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Pat Bryan (2002), Farnol: The Man Who Wrote Best-Sellers, Writers Club Press. 
  2. ^ James Vinson; D. L. Kirkpatrick, Farnol: Twentieth-Century Romance and Gothic Writers, Cengage Gale 

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