Author: Harry Blyth
Author: Harry Blyth (1852–1898)
Alternate Name(s): Henry Thomas Blyth (legal name)
Biography: Harry Blyth was born in 1852 in Woolwich. Like his brother Alexander Winter Blyth, he studied medicine before turning to journalism where he proved to be prolific contributor of fiction, mostly to the penny press. In addition, he edited the satirical journal The Chiel in Glasgow and wrote several plays. Much of his fiction failed to find a future in volume form—seemingly, only one novel. His lasting claim to fame was the creation of fictional detective Sexton Blake in the Halfpenny Marvel which later authors continued. In 1874, he married Emma Read and the couple had one son. He died suddenly in 1898 in Peckham Rye.
References: British Census (1871, 1881); South London Mail (29 January 1898)
- The Secret of Sinclair's Farm. 1 vol. Glasgoe: North British Publishing Co., 1887.