Edmund Yates

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Edmund Yates, 1865

Edmund Hodgson Yates (3 July 1831 – 20 May 1894) was a British novelist and dramatist. He was born in Edinburgh to the actor and theatre manager Frederick Henry Yates and was educated at Highgate School in London from 1840-1846.[1] He held an appointment for a period in the General Post Office as an adult. He worked as a journalist, mainly as a dramatic writer, and also wrote many dramatic pieces and novels. His fictions include: Running the Gauntlet (1867), A Silent Witness (1875), Broken to Harness: A Story of English Domestic Life (1867), The Forlorn Hope (1867), Land at Last (1866), The Yellow Flag (1872), A Waiting Race (1872), Castaway (1872), Nobody’s Fortune (1872), The Rock Ahead (1868), Dr. Wainwright's Patient (1871), Two by Tricks (1874), Wrecked in Port (1869), For Better, for Worse (1864), A Righted Wrong (1870), The Impending Sword (1874), Kissing the Rod (1866), and The Black Sheep (1867), which he also dramatized in three acts.

Yates was perhaps best known as editor of The World society journal. He was also the author of and performed in Invitations at Egyptian Hall, London, which ran in 1862–1863. The work was a highly successful comedy in which he and Harold Littledale Power posed as hosts to a variety of singers and actors. Power also performed songs and imitations.

Edmund Yates wrote his autobiography titled Edmund Yates, His Recollections and Experiences, the first edition of which was published by Richard Bentley and Son in 1884. He was a friend of Charles Dickens, and in the 1850s, Yates lived at No. 43 Doughty Street, London, close to Dickens's former home at No. 48, which is now the Charles Dickens Museum.


  1. ^ Highgate School Roll 1833-1912 (1st ed.). London. 1913. p. 48. 

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