C. E. Bechhofer Roberts

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Carl Eric Bechhofer Roberts (1894–1949) was a British author and journalist.


Roberts was born and raised in London but relocated to Germany to study classics. He worked as a professional writer, producing works on travel, biography, criminology, fiction, paranormal, translation and drama.[1]

Roberts met Gurdjieff in Tiflis in 1919. His book Denikin's Russia and the Caucasus, 1919-1920 (1921) contained the first description of Gurdjieff published in English.[2]

In his book The Truth about Spiritualism (1932) he came to the conclusion that there is no evidence for the spirit hypothesis in mediumship. According to the research of Roberts all séance and spiritualist phenomena can be explained by "telepathy, self-deception, fraud or neurosis".[3]

Roberts was convinced that the medium Helen Duncan was a fraud and wrote a foreword to the book The Trial of Mrs. Duncan (1945) by Helena Normanton.[4]

His 1928 novel This Side Idolatry (by the pseudonym "Ephesian") was the first public presentation of the relationship between Charles Dickens and the actress Ellen Ternan.[5]

  • Russia at the Cross-Roads (1916)
  • A Russian Anthology in English (1917)
  • Through Starving Russia (1921)
  • In Denikin's Russia and the Caucasus, 1919-1920 (1921)
  • A Wanderer’s Log (1922)
  • The Literary Renaissance in America (1923)
  • Lord Birkenhead: being an account of the life of F.E. Smith, first earl of Birkenhead (1926)
  • Winston Churchill (1927)
  • Philip Snowden: An Impartial Portrait (1929)
  • The Mysterious Madame: A Life of Madame Blavatsky (1931)
  • The Truth about Spiritualism (1932)
  • Nurse Cavell: A Play in Three Acts (1933)
  • The new world of crime; famous American trials (1933)
  • Sir Travers Humphreys: His Career and Cases (1936)
  • Stanley Baldwin: Man or Miracle (1936)
  • Paul Verlaine (1937)
  • Sir John Simon: Being an Account of the Life And Career of John Allesbrook Simon (1938)
  • Famous American Trials (1947)


  • This Side Idolatry (1928, as "Ephesian")
  • The Coat of Many Colours (1930, as "Ephesian")
  • The Jury Disagree (1934, with George Goodchild)
  • A. B. C.’s Test Case (1936, as "Ephesian")
  • Bread and Butter. A Novel based on the Life of W. M. Thackeray (1936, as "Ephesian")
  • A. B. C. Investigates (1937, as "Ephesian")
  • A. B. C. Solves Five (1937, as "Ephesian")
  • We Shot an Arrow (1939, with George Goodchild)
  • The Dear Old Gentleman (1940, with George Goodchild)
  • Let’s Begin Again (1940)
  • Danger Abroad (1942)
  • Don Chicago (1944)
  • Sunrise in the West (1945)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ C. E. Bechhofer Roberts (1894-1949).
  2. ^ The Forest Philosophers by C. E. Bechhofer Roberts.
  3. ^ The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art 154 (1932). J. W. Parker and Son. p. 541.
  4. ^ Normanton, Helena (1945). The Trial of Mrs. Duncan. Jarrolds Publishers Limited. pp. 9–25. 
  5. ^ Schlicke, Paul, ed. (2011). The Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens (Anniversary ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-964018-8. 

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