Charles Hamilton (1645 words)


Charles Harold St John Hamilton (1876-1961), recognised by The Guinness Book of Records (1979) as the most prolific writer ever, has a corpus which defies easy definition. The statements that he wrote in total “the equivalent of one thousand full length novels” (Beal, 1986, p. 5) and over 100 million words (Lofts and Adley, 1970) are certainly under-estimates, as more and more writings under a range of pseudonyms have subsequently been identified as his. His fame rests primarily on his writing in the school genre, and in particular the imaginary English public schools of Greyfriars and St Jim’s with their lead characters Billy Bunter and Tom Merry.

Hamilton was born 8th August 1876 in the …

Citation: Davis, Graeme. "Charles Hamilton". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 January 2021 [, accessed 24 October 2021.]

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