Hugh Evelyn Wortham

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Hugh Evelyn Wortham (7 May 1884 – 9 July 1959), best known as H. E. Wortham was an English biographer, journalist, music critic and writer.

Wortham was educated at King's College, Cambridge and received an MA in 1921. He worked as a foreign correspondent, editor and journalist in Egypt, 1909–1919.[1] From 1934 up until his death he wrote articles in the 'London Day by Day' column under the pseudonym 'Peterborough' in The Daily Telegraph.[2]

Wortham was the nephew of Oscar Browning. In June 1923 Browning sent a letter to Wortham requesting him to write a biography about his life.[3] In 1927, he authored a biography of Browning. It was reprinted and revised in 1956 under the title Victorian Eton and Cambridge: Being the Life and Times of Oscar Browning.[4]



  1. ^ Who Was Who: A Companion to Who's Who, Containing the Biographies of Those who Died During the Period. Volume 5. A & C Black, 1961. p. 1194
  2. ^ Wilkinson, L. P. (1981). Kingsmen of a Century: 1873–1972. King's College. p. 106. ISBN 978-0950245041
  3. ^ Hirsch, Pam; McBeth, Mark. (2004). Teacher Training at Cambridge: The Initiatives of Oscar Browning and Elizabeth Hughes. Routledge. p. 2. ISBN 978-0713040548
  4. ^ Goodman Joyce; Martin, Jane. (2002). Gender, Colonialism and Education: The Politics of Experience. Woburn Press. p. 47. ISBN 978-0713040463