Re: RARA-AVIS: Looking for Farjeon

From: Monte Herridge (
Date: 16 Jul 2005

   Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2005 03:06:52 +0200
   From: "McMurdo" <> Subject: Looking for Farjeon

Hello, you all,

maybe somebody knows Joseph Jefferson Farjeon (London, June 4, 1883 - Hove
(Sussex), June 6, 1955) ; he was son of the better known novelist Benjamin Farjeon and brother of the children's writer Eleanor Farjeon and the playwright Herbert Farjeon. Although he was a descendant of Thomas Jefferson, Farjeon was named after his maternal grandfather, the American actor Joseph Jefferson. He was educated privately and at Peterborough Lodge. From 1910 to 1920 he did editorial work for the Amalgamated Press.

Farjeon was one of the first detective writers to mingle romance with crime. Among his 80 novels are:

<snip> He wrote some short stories too, like "Waiting for the Police", 1946, Davis Publications Inc., 1964. I'm just looking for its rights, to develop a theatrical & tv treatment.

Could any of you help me to find the present Farjeon's copyright owner ? Thank you


I am working on an article for the pulp fanzines about Farjeon's series of short stories about Detective X Crook, published in the 1920s. I found a copy of his obituary (very short), which mentioned that he had a daughter. However, it is doubtful if she is still alive, as she would be in her 90s. I will have to see if I can find the obituary.

Monte Herridge

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