James Blyth


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(1864–1933) was educated at King Edward VI's School, Norwich, and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and was the author of more than fifty volumes of fiction between 1904 and 1921. In 1908, for instance, he published The Weaning, with T. Werner Laurie; The Smallholder, with Everett & Co.; Rubina, with John Long; The Diamond and the Lady, with Digby, Long & Co.; and (the only non-fiction he wrote) a collection of letters written by the poet and translator Edward FitzGerald (1809–83) to an old fisherman in Lowestoft, also with John Long. The Smallholder and The Diamond and the Lady make an interesting pair, in that they offer generically distinct treatments of the same theme, village life in Norfolk: the first, whose coarseness offended reviewers, is a realistic tale about a town-dweller's return to the land, the second a routine crime story. Blyth also collaborated with Barry Pain on The Shadow of the Unseen (1907) and The Luck of Norman Dale (1908).

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

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