Cosmo Hamilton

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Cosmo Hamilton in 1917

Cosmo Hamilton (29 April 1870 – 14 October 1942), born Henry Charles Hamilton Gibbs, was an English playwright and novelist. He was the brother of writers A. Hamilton Gibbs and Sir Philip Gibbs.


Hamilton was born in Norwood. He took his mother's maiden name when he began to write. Hamilton was married twice: first to Beryl Faber, née Crossley Smith, who died in 1912. (She was the sister of actor C. Aubrey Smith.) Hamilton then married Julia Bolton, the former wife of playwright Guy Bolton.[citation needed]

His London musicals include The Catch of the Season (1904), The Belle of Mayfair (1906), The Beauty of Bath (1906). During the First World War Hamilton was a lieutenant in the Royal Naval Air Service. He later wrote a number of Broadway shows and many screenplays, and his novels were the basis for several films.[1]

Hamilton died, aged 72, in Guildford, England. He had written dozens of novels, averaging a novel per year most of his adult life. His novels include:


The film Who Cares? (1919) was advertised as being based upon Hamilton's novel
  • Plain brown (1909)
  • A Plea for the Younger Generation (1913)
  • The Door that Has No Key (1913)
  • The Miracle of Love (1914)
  • The Sins of the Children (1916)
  • Two Kings and Other Romances (1917)
  • Who Cares? A Story of Adolescence (1919) ISBN 978-1-4069-2525-8
  • The Rustle of Silk (1922)
  • His Majesty, the King: A Romantic Love Chase of the Seventeenth Century (1926) ISBN 978-0-548-02418-8
  • Paradise, read on radio 1925[2]


  1. ^ Cosmo Hamilton on IMDb
  2. ^ Peter Dixon Radio Writing 1931- Page 10 "In December, 1925, Cosmo Hamilton, British novelist, broadcast a fifteen-minute version of his novel "Paradise." By that time there were other story-tellers and speakers on the air, reading their remarks from manuscript. ".

Other sources[edit]

  • Twentieth Century Authors: A Biographical Dictionary of Modern Literature, edited by Stanley J. Kunitz and Howard Haycraft, New York, The H. W. Wilson Company, 1942.

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