Benjamin Farjeon Novelist

Benjamin Leopold Farjeon (12 May 1838 – 23 July 1903) was a British novelist, playwright, printer and journalist. As an author, he was known for his huge output. Farjeon was born in London to Dinah Levy and Jacob Farjeon, Orthodox Jews. He was raised in Whitechapel and had no formal secular education. At fourteen, he entered the office of the Nonconformist, a Christian journal, to learn the printing trade. He broke away from the strict faith of his father and in 1854 immigrated to Australia. During the voyage he was moved from steerage to cabin class because he had produced some numbers of a ship newspaper, the Ocean Record. Farjeon worked as a gold miner in Victoria (Australia), started a newspaper, then went to New Zealand in 1861. He settled at Dunedin, working as a journalist on the Otago Daily Times, edited by Julius Vogel. Farjeon became manager and sub-editor. He began writing novels and plays. He attracted the attention of Charles Dickens. In 1868 he returned to Britain and lived in London in the Adelphi Theatre. Over the next thirty-five years he produced nearly sixty novels. Many of his works were illustrated by his long-time friend Nicholas Chevalier.

Personal details

Date of birth
May 12th, 1838
Place of birth
London, United Kingdom
Date of death
July 23rd, 1903 at age of 65
Place of death
Places lived
Otago Region , New Zealand
pop. 209,900 (2011)
London , England
pop. 8,308,000 (2013)



Written work

1.Joshua Marvel

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1871. at New York City

2.Selected works

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1872. at New York City


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1873. at New York City

4.Bread and cheese and kisses

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1873. at New York City

5.London's heart

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1873. at New York City

6.Blade o' grass

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1874. at New York City

7.At the sign of the silver flagon

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1875. at New York City

8.The Duchess of Rosemary Lane

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1877. at New York City

9.Samuel Boyd of Catchpole Square

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1899. at London

10.Devlin the barber

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1976. at New York City


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