At the Circulating Library Author Information: Burford Delannoy

Author: Burford Delannoy (1856–1931)

Alternate Name(s): (pseudonym); [Adolphus] Eugene Judge (legal name)

Biography: Adolphus Eugene Judge was born in 1856 in London, the son of bookseller Adolphus Judge. He was articled as a solicitor's clerk, but began working on the stage appearing in a number of plays in the London area under the name "Burford Delannoy." In 1884, he married Eliza Eyles and the couple had one son. From this point on, Judge seems to have kept his theatrical and legal lives rigorously separate. For the former, he wrote, directed, and acted several plays, notably in connection with Sadler's Wells and the Alexandra in Southend-on-Sea. His son William had a brief stage career before dying by accident in 1893. Judge's own stage career faltered and he turned to fiction writing with The Comedians' Christmas Dinner (1897) under the pseudonym "Burford Delannoy." He would go on to write a dozen-and-a-half detective stories. Meantime, Judge's legal career prospered: in partnership with Horace Priestley, he represented numerous theatrical clients. (The partnership of solicitors Judge and Priestley continue to this day.) He died in 1931. NB: Only one source identifies "Burford Delannoy" with Adolphus Eugene Judge but the connection, as unlikely as it sounds, seems legitimate.

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References: British Census (1881, 1891, 1901, 1911); Essex Newsman (1 July 1893); Kemp; The Literary Year-Book (1911)

Fiction Titles:

  1. The Comedians' Christmas Dinner, and Other Short Theatrical Stories.  1 vol.  London: Simpkin, 1897.
  2. The Missing Cyclist, and Other Stories.  1 vol.  London: Simpkin, 1898.
  3. The Garden Court Murder: A Detective Story.  1 vol.  Southend: E. J. Ellis, 1899.
  4. A Thespian Detective and Other Theatrical Stories.  1 vol.  Southend: E. J. Ellis, 1899.
  5. Between the Lines: A Detective Story.  1 vol.  London: Ward, Lock, 1901.
  6. Nineteen Thousand Pounds.  1 vol.  London: Ward, Lock, 1901.