. Born May 2, 1859 in Walsall (Staffordshire)
. Father had bad luck in business, and the boy from 14 years fought his way in life alone, visiting clerks, school teacher and actor before becoming a writer and editor. Its highest achievement as a novelist - published in 1889, the idle thoughts idle person (Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow) and three in the same boat (Three Men in a Boat); highest achievement in drama - a play on the third floor tenant (The Passing of the Third Floor Back, . 1908), . which combines realism with mysticism,
died in Northampton June 14, 1927.