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Author Information: Robert Barr

 
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1850-1912

Though born in England, Barr emigrated to Canada with his family at the age of four. He was educated in Toronto, and after a spell as headmaster of a school, he moved to Detroit where he became a reporter on the Free Press. He returned to England in 1881 when his paper sent him to set up a British edition. After a time, Barr started his own publishing house and, together with the humorist Jerome K. Jerome, founded and edited the magazine The Idler in 1892. Much of his journalism appeared under the pseudonym of Luke Sharp and it was this name that he used for his first book Strange Happenings (1883).

It was not until nine years later that he published a book under his own name; this was the skilled collection of short stories In a Steamer Chair (1892) and he followed this up with other volumes of tales, amomg them From Whose Bourne (1893), The Face and the Mask (1894), Revenge! (1896) and a posthumous work The Helping Hand (1920).

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