|Sir Max Pemberton|
19 June 1863|
Paddington, London, England
|Died||22 February 1950
|Occupation||Journalist and author|
|Alma mater||Merchant Taylors' School
Caius College, Cambridge.
|Notable works||The Iron Pirate|
|Notable awards||Knight Bachelor|
|Spouse||Alice Agnes Tussaud|
Sir Max Pemberton (19 June 1863 – 22 February 1950) was a popular British novelist, working mainly in the adventure and mystery genres. He was educated at St Albans School, Merchant Taylors' School, and Caius College, Cambridge. A clubman, journalist and dandy (Lord Northcliffe admired his 'fancy vests'), he frequented both Fleet Street and The Savage Club.
Pemberton was the editor of boys' magazine Chums in 1892–1893 during its heyday. Between 1896 and 1906 he also edited Cassell's Magazine (see ), in which capacity he published the early works of R. Austin Freeman and William Le Queux.
His most famous work The Iron Pirate was a best-seller during the early 1890s and it launched his prolific writing career (see below). It was the story of a great gas-driven iron-clad, which could outpace the navies of the world and terrorised the Atlantic Ocean. Other notable works included Captain Black (1911).
During January 1908, Pemberton had a story entitled Wheels of Anarchy published by Cassell & Company (London). This story was based upon notes that were written by Bertram Fletcher Robinson shortly before he died in January 1907. It is an adventure tale about anarchists and assassins that is set across Europe. The novel's hero and narrator, Bruce Driscoll, a recent Cambridge graduate, appears to be modelled upon Fletcher Robinson. Wheels of Anarchy by Max Pemberton was republished in December 2010.
Pemberton was member of a criminology literary society known as 'Our Society' along with eleven other notable members including Bertram Fletcher Robinson and Arthur Conan Doyle.
In 1920, Pemberton founded the London School of Journalism, wrote a biography about Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe and was knighted. He was married to Alice Tussaud, granddaughter of Madame Marie Tussaud and daughter of Joseph Tussaud.
Pemberton also wrote a biography of Sir Henry Royce published in 1934 shortly after Royce's death.
- The Sea Wolves (1894)
- The Impregnable City (1895)
- The Little Huguenot: A Romance of Fountainebleau (1895)
- A Gentleman's Gentleman (1896)
- Christine of the Hills (1897)
- The Phantom Army (1898)
- A Woman of Kronstadt (1898)
- The Signors of the Night: The Story of Fra Giovanni (1899)
- Féo (1900)
- The Footsteps of a Throne... (1901)
- The Giant's Gate: A Story of a Great Adventure (1901)
- Pro Patriâ (1901)
- I Crown Thee King (1902)
- The Garden of Swords (1902)
- The House Under the Sea (1902)
- A Puritan's Wife (1902)
- Doctor Xavier (1903)
- The Gold Wolf (1903)
- Beatrice of Venice (1904)
- A Daughter of the States (1904)
- Jewel Mysteries from a Dealer's Note Book (1904)
- Red Morn (1904)
- Mid the Thick Arrows (1905)
- The Lady Evelyn (1906)
- My Sword for Lafayette (1906)
- Aladdin of London or, Lodestar (1907)
- The Amateur Motorist (1907)
- The Diamond Ship (1907)
- Love, the Harvester: A Story of the Shires (1908)
- Sir Richard Escombe (1908)
- Wheels of Anarchy, the Story of an Assassin (1908)
- The Adventures of Captain Jack (1909)
- The Mystery of the Green Heart (1910)
- The Show Girl (1910)
- White Walls (1910)
- Captain Black: A Romance of the Nameless Ship (1911)
- White Motley (1911)
- The Hundred days (1912)
- Swords Reluctant (1912)
- Two Women (1914)
- General Register Office index of births registered in July, August, September 1863 – Name: Pemberton, Max District: Kensington Volume: 1A Page: 9.
- Note: He sometimes gave his place of birth as Edgbaston, Birmingham (his mother was from Birmingham)
- "Pemberton, Max (PMRN881M)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- "Pemberton, Max". Who's Who, 59: p. 1378. 1907.
- "Fletcher Robinson, Pemberton & Doyle". BFRonline.BIZ. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
- "Wheels of Anarchy by Max Pemberton". Retrieved 22 December 2010.
- The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: Early Detective Stories, ed. Hugh Greene (Penguin, 1971)
- Works by Max Pemberton at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Max Pemberton at Internet Archive
- Works by Max Pemberton at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)