John Latey

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John Latey (30 October 1842 – 26 September 1902) was a British journalist and writer.[1]


Latey was a son of John Lash Latey (1808-1891), editor of the Illustrated London News from 1858 to 1890.[2] He himself wrote parliamentary sketches for the ILN under the pseudonym 'The Silent Member'. He also wrote novels and translated Dumas and Paul Féval.[3] Latey joined the Penny Illustrated Paper when it was started by William Ingram in 1861, and was the paper's art and literary editor until 1901. He co-edited the Boys Illustrated Newspaper with Captain Mayne Reid from 1881 to 1882, and was editor of The Sketch from 1899 to 1902.[4]


  • The Rose of Hastings
  • Life of General Gordon
  • Mohicans of Paris (transl. of Dumas), 1875.[5]
  • The River of Life: a London story, 1886
  • The Three Red Knights (transl. of Paul Féval's Le Fils du diable), 1882


  1. ^ "Latey, John". The Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1902: 504. 
  2. ^ Boase, Modern English Biography, 6 vols, 1892-1921.
  3. ^ Men and women of the time, 15th ed., 1899
  4. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1912). "Latey, John". Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement​. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  5. ^ Mohicans of Paris in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  • W. B. Owen, ‘Latey, John (1842–1902)’, rev. Joanne Potier, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 1 Jan 2008

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