Edgar Jepson

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Alfred Jepson
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National Magazine, 1915
Edgar Alfred Jepson

(1863-11-28)28 November 1863
Died12 April 1938(1938-04-12) (aged 74)
Hampstead, London, England, UK
Spouse(s)Frita Bisham Holmes 1899–1933 (divorced)

Edgar Alfred Jepson (28 November 1863 – 12 April 1938) was an English author. He largely wrote mainstream adventure and detective fiction, but also supernatural and fantasy stories. He sometimes used the pseudonym R. Edison Page.

Early life[edit]

Edgar Jepson was born on 28 November 1863 at Kenilworth, Warwickshire. He was the second of five sons and three daughters raised by Alfred and Margaret Jepson. Jepson's father, a dentist, originally hailed from Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, while his mother was a native of London. Edgar Jepson attended Leamington College for Boys (today North Leamington School and later graduated from Balliol College, Oxford. After completing his education, Jepson spent some years living in Barbados, before taking up residence in the King's Bench Walk area of London where he began his literary career.[1][2]


As an author, Jepson used a pseudonym, R. Edison Page, for some of his short stories. In other works he collaborated with such authors as John Gawsworth, Arthur Machen and Hugh Clevely.[3] Jepson was also a translator, notably of the Arsène Lupin stories of Maurice Leblanc. He was a member of the Square Club (from 1908) of established Edwardian authors, and one of the more senior members of the New Bohemians drinking club.

Jepson edited Vanity Fair magazine for a short period, during which he employed Richard Middleton. After Middleton's death Jepson did much to preserve the latter's memory.

Two of Jepson's children became writers. His son Selwyn Jepson was a crime writer, and his daughter, Margaret (married name Birkinshaw), published novels as Margaret Jepson,[4] including Via Panama (1934). Margaret's younger daughter is the novelist Fay Weldon.

Edgar Jepson died on 12 April 1938 at his home in Hampstead. He was survived by his son and both daughters and his former wife Frita Bisham Holmes, daughter of violinist and composer Henry Holmes.[1]


  • Sir Jones (1885), as Jean F. Darrell Poges
  • Sibyl Falcon (1895)
  • The Passion for Romance (1896)
  • The Keepers of the People (1898)
  • On the Edge of Empire (1899), with David Beames
  • The Dictator's Daughter (1902)
  • The Horned Shepherd (1904)
  • Lady Noggs, Peeress (1905), children's stories
  • The Admirable Tinker: Child of the World (1904)
  • The Triumph of Tinker (1906)
  • The Four Philanthropists (1907)
  • Tangled Wedlock (1908)
  • Arsène Lupin (1909), based on play by Maurice Leblanc and Francis De Croisset
  • The Mystery of the Myrtles (1909)
  • The Girls' Head (1910)
  • Lord Lisdor (1910)
  • No. 19 (1910), also known as The Garden at 19
  • Pollyooly (1911), children's stories
  • Captain Sentimental and Other Stories (1911)
  • House on the Mall (1911)
  • The Man with the Black Feather by Gaston Leroux (1912), translation
  • Terrible Twins (1913)
  • The Second Pollyooly Book (1914), children's stories
  • Alice Devine (1916)
  • The Professional Prince (1917)
  • Ann Annington (1918)
  • The Loudwater Mystery (1920)
  • Prince in Petrograd (1922)
  • The Whiskered Footman (1922)
  • Dorothy, the Rope Dancer by Maurice Leblanc (1923), translation
  • Lady Noggs Assists (1924)
  • Buried Rubies (1926)
  • Peter Intervenes (1926)
  • Emerald Tiger (1928)
  • Cuirass of Diamonds (1929)
  • The Man with the Amber Eyes (1928), with Hugh Clevely
  • The Murder in Romney Marsh (1929)
  • The Moon Gods (1930)
  • Gentle Binns (1931)
  • Memories of a Victorian (1933), autobiography
  • Memories of an Edwardian and Neo-Georgian (1937), autobiography


  1. ^ a b "Edgar Jepson, 74, English Novelist". The New York Times (Wireless to The New York Times), 12 April 1938, p. 23.
  2. ^ Alfred Jepson, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, 1871-1881 England Census.
  3. ^ *Hugh Clevely - Gadetection.PBWorks.com
  4. ^ Birkinshaw, Margaret 1907–2003 Highbeam.com

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