Walter Jerrold

Walter Copeland Jerrold (18651929) was an English writer, biographer and newspaper editor.[1]

Early life

Jerrold was born in Liverpool, the son of Thomas Serle Jerrold and Jane Matilda Copeland (who were first cousins), and one of 11 children.[2] His family had strong theatrical connections: Both his grandfather Douglas William Jerrold and uncle William Blanchard Jerrold were notable dramatists, and his great grandfather Samuel Jerrold was an actor and theater manager.[3]


Jerrold spent most of his life in London, starting work as a clerk in a newspaper counting-house, and going on to become deputy editor of The Observer. He edited many classic texts for the newly founded Everyman's Library, wrote biographies, travel books (for the "Beautiful England" series - published by Blackie and Son Limited),[4] edited children's books, and produced stories for children under the name of Walter Copeland.


On 23 July 1895 he married Clara Armstrong Bridgeman (2 December 1861 1937) at Kensington Register Office.[2][5] Clara was also a published author writing under the name Clare Jerrold, which included a three-volume set on the life of Queen Victoria[6][7][8]. Together they had one son and five daughters all named after Greek mythological characters.[9] Oliver (27 September 1896 3 June 1897), their first born, died in infancy.[5] Ianthe (18981977), the oldest daughter, became a renowned fiction writer of twenty-one novels.[10][11][5] . Twins, Daphne (18991972) and Phyllis (18991975), attended the Slade School of Art and became painters and book illustrators[12][5]. Hebe (19001987) was a poet and book illustrator.[13][14][5] The youngest daughter, Althea (19021973) was also a talented writer and poet whose talent was overshadowed by her equally talented older siblings.[11][5][15]

Books (selected)

  • The Big Book of Fables (Lamboll, London 1987) ISBN 1851701060


  1. "Walter Jerrold". Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. "Family Tree of Walter Copeland Jerrold". Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  3. Samuel Jerrold.
  4. "Beautiful England". Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  5. "Walter Copeland Jerrold (1865-1929) & Clara Bridgeman". Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  6. Jerrold, Clare Armstrong Bridgman (1912). The early court of Queen Victoria. University of California Libraries. New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons.
  7. Jerrold, Clare (1913). The married life of Queen Victoria. University of California Libraries. London : E. Nash.
  8. Jerrold, Clare Armstrong Bridgman (1916). The widowhood of Queen Victoria. Robarts - University of Toronto. London : E. Nash.
  9. Jerrold, Ianthe (4 May 2015). The Studio Crime: A Golden Age Mystery. Dean Street Press. ISBN 9781910570296.
  10. "gadetection / Jerrold, Ianthe". Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  11. Jerrold, Ianthe (4 May 2015). The Studio Crime: A Golden Age Mystery. Dean Street Press. ISBN 9781910570296.
  12. "Bonhams : Phyllis Jerrold A collection of drawings for book illustrations: various sizes,". Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  13. "Mallams - Oxford - 14 December (lot 526)". Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  14. Tyrer, Nicola (24 October 2011). They Fought in The Fields: The Women's Land Army. The History Press. ISBN 9780752473420.
  15. New Catholic World. Paulist Fathers. 1933.
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