(1866–1934) married (1902) Helen May Banks née Pollard. The son of a Nonconformist businessman, he was educated at Highgate School, and at Trinity College, Cambridge. He became a journalist. Under his own name he published one novel, Lord Stirling's Son (1895). He founded the publishing company Alston Rivers when he was unable to publish his second novel, The House of Merrilees (1905); during his two years there the firm also published F. M. Hueffer's The Fifth Queen. He left to work for Lord Northcliffe (1865–1922) on the short-lived Books (1906–7); later he was foreign correspondent of the Daily Mail and, during the First World War, Paris correspondent of the Daily News. Peter Binney, Undergraduate (1905) was a comedy about an elderly undergraduate; The Squire's Daughter (1909) was the first of a long series of rather predictable Trollopian novels about class and religious differences in the English provinces: Cicely rebels against the narrow-ness of a life in which the men have all the fun, and elopes with and is rescued from a famous explorer whose many qualities do not include that of being a gentleman. Other similar works are The Honour of the Clintons (1913) and Roding Rectory (1914), about the conflict between Church and Dissent in a country parish. Richard Baldock: An Account of Some Episodes in His Childhood, Youth and Early Manhood, and of the Advice that was Freely Offered to Him (1906) is, as the title suggests, a jovial Bildungsroman. The two crucial episodes in young Baldock's life are Dickensian or Wellsian in emphasis: when he is 13, and living in a sombre vicarage in the New Forest with his tyrannical father, he is invited to visit Paradine Park, seat of a wealthy widowed aunt who has vague intentions of making him her heir, but loses out to a scheming rival; at the age of 18 he has to decide whether to go to Oxford or throw in his lot with a pushy, vulgar, well-intentioned ex-schoolfellow who plans to enter the book trade. Marshall also published The Terrors, and Other Stories (1913). He collaborated with Compton Mackenzie on Gramophone Nights (1923) and with H. A. Vachell on Mr Allen (1926). He published an autobiography, Out and About: Random Reminiscences (1933), in which he makes resentful comments about the inaccuracy of the account in Hueffer's Return to Yesterday (1931) of Marshall himself, Henry James, and Hueffer's contribution to Books.
From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.