At the Circulating Library Author Information: Allan Noble Monkhouse
Author: Allan Noble Monkhouse (1858–1936)
Biography: Allan Noble Monkhouse was born in 1858 in Durham, the third son of J.W.S. Monkhouse. He was privately educated before entering the cotton trade. From that position, he entered journalism by first writing business news for the Manchester Guardian then producing leading articles and eventually becoming the literary editor (until 1932). Throughout his life, Monkhouse was a keen athlete, captaining the Knutsford Cricket Club, captaining the Disley Golf Club, and playing hockey in his latter years. In addition, he wrote novels beginning with A Deliverance (1898) in John Lane's Keynotes series (most of his following novels were written in the next century). In his fifties, Monkhouse turned to drama with the successful realist play Reaping the Whirlwind (1908) and became the center of an influential Manchester School of drama. He would write ten more plays. His first wife died after a year of marriage; his second wife Elisabeth Dorothy Pearson (married 1902) and four children survived him. Monkhouse died in 1936 in Disley, Cheshire. As his obituary notes, he "was an extremely handsome man, of the most kindly disposition and charming manners."
References: Times (11 January 1936)
- A Deliverance. 1 vol. London: John Lane, 1898.