Archibald Marshall

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Archibald Marshall
BornArthur Hammond Marshall
(1866-09-06)6 September 1866
Died29 September 1934(1934-09-29) (aged 68)
OccupationNovelist, journalist

Arthur Hammond Marshall (6 September 1866 – 29 September 1934), better known by his pen name Archibald Marshall, was an English author, publisher and journalist whose novels were particularly popular in the United States. He published over 50 books and was recognised as a realist in his writing style,[1] and was considered by some as a successor to Anthony Trollope.[2] Educated at Cambridge University, he was later (in 1921) made an honorary Doctor of Letters by Yale University.[3] He travelled widely and made numerous notable acquaintances.[4]


Archibald Marshall's father, Arthur Marshall (1832–1900), was a businessman in London. Archibald was educated at Highgate School.[5] Not wishing to join his father's shipping company, he had first intended to be a clergyman and studied theology at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he befriended Bertram Fletcher Robinson[6] and Vaughan Williams amongst others. He married the widow Nellie Banks in 1902 (née Ellen Pollard), who had three children by her previous marriage to Alfred Banks, and they had one daughter Elizabeth, born in December 1904.

In 1903 he went to live in Beaulieu, Hampshire where he had a house built. He befriended John, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, who invited him to be editor of The Car, which was first issued in August 1903. He later wrote a Biography of Lord Montagu in collaboration with Lady Laura Troubridge, which was published in 1930.

Marshall's first published novel was Lord Stirling's Son and the second Peter Binney, Undergraduate; His next, The House of Merrilees had been rejected by a variety of publishers, and after rewriting it in 1904 he established the publishing firm Alston Rivers along with two others, to publish it in 1905.[7]

In Cambridge, Marshall had written articles for The Granta under R. C. Lehmann;[8] when Lehmann replaced Sir John Richard Robinson as editor of the Daily News in 1901, Marshall was appointed as his secretary, and later became literary editor. Marshall befriended G. K. Chesterton, and helped him to obtain a position at the Daily News whilst he held this post.[9] In 1906, he was appointed as Assistant Director of the new Daily Mail Literary Supplement, Books, being promoted to Director six months later.[10] Marshall left the Daily Mail in 1911, hoping to make a living from writing novels, and he moved to Switzerland with his family in 1913. In 1916 he was forced to return to Journalism as the Paris Correspondent of the Daily News. He was later to write short stories for Punch between 1926 and 1934, many of which were later republished in his books Simple People, Simple Stories and Simple Stories from Punch.

Met lots of interesting people[edit]

  • Lord John Montagau
  • William Dean Howells
  • George Morrow
  • Bertram Fletcher Robinson
  • R C Lehmann
  • Lady Laura Troubridge
  • Vaughan Williams
  • Wilber Wright
  • George Cadbury
  • Henry James
  • Ford Maddox Ford
  • Edmund Clerihew Bentley




  1. ^ William Lyon Phelps, Archibald Marshall: A Realistic Novelist
  2. ^ H. S. Gorman, A Successor to Trollope, The New York Times, 26 June 1921.
  3. ^ Yale University, list of honorary degrees "Yale University | Honorary Degrees". Archived from the original on 10 June 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2010.. Retrieved 5 July 2010
  4. ^ "Archibald Marshall author". Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  5. ^ Highgate School Roll 1833–1912. London: Unwin Brothers Ltd. 1913. p. 187.
  6. ^ A Chronology of the Life & Works of Bertram Fletcher Robinson, Archived 24 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Archibald Marshall Publicity Leaflet,
  8. ^ F. A. Rice, The Granta And Its Contributors 1889–1914,Constable and Co (1924) p. 23
  9. ^ G. K. Chesterton, Autobiography Archived 13 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine (1936), Chapter V
  10. ^ Douglas Goldring, The Last Pre-Raphaelite – The Life of Ford Madox Ford (2007), pp. 134,135
  11. ^ "Archibald Marshall author". Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  12. ^ Buckingham, James Silk; Sterling, John; Maurice, Frederick Denison; Stebbing, Henry; Dilke, Charles Wentworth; Hervey, Thomas Kibble; Dixon, William Hepworth; MacColl, Norman; Rendall, Vernon Horace; Murry, John Middleton (28 March 1908). "Review: Many Junes by Archibald Marshall". The Athenaeum (4196): 380.

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