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1864-1928
British writer and editor. Pain was one of the most popular humorists of his day, but his fantasy and supernatural stories, written throughout his lifetime and sprinkled through numerous volumes, are the basis for his reputation today.

Pain, the son of a linen draper, was educated at Sedbergh School and Cambridge University, worked as an army tutor after graduation before beginning a successful career as a journalist and freelance writer. He also served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during World War I.

While at Cambridge, Pain both edited and contributed to the school magazine, Grata; his writings from this time were later collected in his third book, In a Canadian Canoe (1891). Afer graduation he was a frequent contributor to periodicals such as Punch and Cornhill Magazine. He also worked as a journalist and editor at the Daily Chronicle, Black and White, and To-Day. During this time he published a number of books, including Graeme and Cyril (1893), and Playthings and Parodies (1896). However, his first major success was Eliza (1900), a comedy of manners. Its popularity resulted in him writing four sequels. Some of his other popular works included the parodies Another Englishwoman's Love Letters (1901), Marge Askinforit (1920), which parodied the Margot Asquith diaries which were popular with American audiences of the time, and If Summer Don't (1922). Some of his other important works include Nothing Serious (1901), Wilhelmina in London (1906), Mrs. Murphy (1913), Edwards (1915), and Confessions of Alfonse (1917).

Pain also wrote several short story collections, which are beginning to be rediscovered by fantasy readers, and a number of crime stories featuring Constantine Dix.

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