Henry Kingsley, (born January 2, 1830, Barnack, Northamptonshire, England--died May 24, 1876, Cuckfield, Sussex), English novelist and brother of Charles Kingsley. Henry is best known for Ravenshoe (1861), in which the hero fights in the Crimean War.After leaving the University of Oxford, he set out for the Australian goldfields but was unsuccessful and returned to England after five years to write the novel The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn (1859), set in Australia. He covered the Franco-German War of 1870-71 as a war correspondent. His numerous novels are lively, but his later works..
Mervyn Peake, (born July 9, 1911, Guling, Jiangxi province, China--died November 17, 1968, Burcot, Oxfordshire, England), English novelist, poet, painter, playwright, and illustrator, best known for the bizarre Titus Groan trilogy of novels and for his illustrations of his novels and of children's stories.Educated in China and in Kent, England, Peake went to art school and trained as a painter, but he was stricken with a progressive illness that made him increasingly helpless until his death.His Titus Groan novels--consisting of Titus Groan (1946), Gormenghast (1950), and Titus Alone..
L.H. Myers, in full Leopold Hamilton Myers, (born 1881, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Eng.--died April 8, 1944, Marlow, Buckinghamshire), English philosophical novelist whose most compelling works explore spiritual turmoil and despair.Myers studied at Eton College, continued his education in Germany, and then briefly attended the University of Cambridge. In 1901, when his father died, he turned his attention exclusively to writing, although he also traveled widely, living for some time in Colorado.Myers's first novel, The Orissers (1922), marked him as an author of distinction. His..