Herbert Hayens

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Herbert Hayens
Born 1861
Died 1944 (aged 82–83)
Occupation Writer (novelist), editor
Nationality English
Period 20th century
Genre Children's literature
Spouse Jeanie Douglas (m. 1933)

William James Herbert Hayens (1861 – January 22, 1944) was an English novelist and editor. He was well known for his juvenile fiction and books written for schools.


Hayens was born in 1861 and lived most of his life in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1933, he married Jeanie Douglas. He worked at Collins & Co. as chief editor. He edited anthologies and was an author of many books written for boys and young adults. Several of his books focused on themes of war and adventure and was compared in style to George Alfred Henty.[1] He was once described as, "...of Devonshire seafaring stock, and with his blue eyes, flowing moustache and greying hair looked more like an old-time Devonshire sea captain than an editor".[2]


Hayens published both fiction and non-fiction. Almost all his books were targeted towards young boys and teenagers. His non-fiction books were used in schools.[3]


  1. ^ Kemp, Sandra (1997). Edwardian fiction: An Oxford companion. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 74. 
  2. ^ Keir, David (1952). The house of Collins: The story of a Scottish family of publishers from 1789 to the present day. London, England: Collins. 
  3. ^ "(William James) Herbert Hayens". Author and Book Info. 

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