John Latey

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John Latey (30 October 1842 – 1902) was a British journalist and writer.

Latey was a son of John Lash Latey (1808-1891), editor of the Illustrated London News from 1858 to 1890.[1] He himself wrote parliamentary sketches for the ILN under the pseudonym 'The Silent Member'. He also wrote novels and translated Dumas and Paul Féval.[2] Latey joined the Penny Illustrated Paper when it was started by William Ingram in 1861, and was the paper's art and literary paper until 1901. He co-edited the Boys Illustrated Newspaper with Captain Mayne Reid from 1881 to 1882, and was editor of The Sketch from 1899 to 1902.


  • The Rose of Hastings
  • Life of General Gordon
  • Mohicans of Paris (transl. of Dumas), 1875.
  • The River of Life: a London story, 1886
  • The Three Red Knights (transl. of Paul Féval's Le Fils du diable), 1882


  1. ^ Boase, Modern English biography, 6 vols, 1892-1921.
  2. ^ Men and women of the time, 15th ed., 1899
  • W. B. Owen, ‘Latey, John (1842–1902)’, rev. Joanne Potier, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 1 Jan 2008

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