John Palmer (author)

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John Leslie Palmer (4 September 1885 – 5 August 1944) was a British author. Under his own name, he wrote extensively about early English actors and about British literary figures. He also wrote fiction under the collaborative pseudonyms Francis Beeding, Christopher Haddon, David Pilgrim and John Somers.[1]

As Francis Beeding, with Hilary Saint George Saunders he co-authored The House of Dr. Edwardes, which was later used as the basis for the Hitchcock film Spellbound.


He wrote biographies of Molière, Ben Jonson, George Bernard Shaw, and Rudyard Kipling. He also wrote books on Shakespears's comic and political characters.


Palmer and Saunders used the collective pseudonym "Francis Beeding" for more than thirty novels, including:

  • The Seven Sleepers (1925)
  • The Hidden Kingdom (1927)
  • The House of Dr. Edwardes (1927)
  • Death Walks in Eastrepps (1931)
  • Murder Intended (1932)
  • The Two Undertakers (1933)
  • The One Sane Man (1934)
  • The Norwich Victims (1935)
  • No Fury (1935)
  • They are Thirteen (1946)


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