January 23, 1941
High Salvington, Worthing, England
The name 'John Oxenham' was taken from Charles
Kingsleys novel Westward Ho!
* According to
'Twentieth Century Authors', it was believed that
our subject may have changed his name to 'John
Oxenham' by official deed poll.
William Arthur Dunkerley*
page on the Collecting Books and
Magazines web site based in Australia.
updated 9th June, 2010.
William Dunkerley attended Old Trafford School
and Victoria University in Manchester. As a
businessman, he lived in France for a time, but
upon returning to England he took up writing full
time. He was an expert mountain climber, and
served as deacon and teacher at the Euling
Congregational Church in London, and was of
course the father of famous children's author, Elsie J Oxenham.
who want the location of his burial place and
Please see NOTES
below for partial listings and other
information received. Thanks for those who've
article on JO, including book list, appeared in
THIS ENGLAND magazine, Summer 1988 issue.
problems or questions?
Please e-mail page author John email@example.com
Amber is probably his most famous
book, by dint of the publishing history. His publishers
had no desire to see it in print so JO printed the book
at his own expense in 1913; the publishers did distribute
it through the trade. More than a quarter of a million
copies had been sold by the beginning of WW2.
NOTES (In date order down)
DLG writes: You asked for any further materials
anyone might have on John Oxenham. I recently
purchased the "Selected Poems of John Oxenham,
published in 1948. It includes a Preface titled:
"J. O." - A Biographical Sketch, by Erica
Oxenham." Erica Oxenham is his daughter, so it would
seem that he may in fact changed his name legally.
If I can help you with further information, please let me
know. The following books were listed as well.
"Gentlemen -- the King!" Copyright, 1928,
by The Pilgrim Press
"The Fiery Cross" Copyright, 1917,
by George H. Doran Co.; renewed 1947, by Erica Oxenham.
"A Little Te Deum of the Commonplace"
Copyright, 1928, by The Pilgrim Press
"Later Te Deums" Copyright, 1928, by The
"Sacraments" Copyright, 1928, by The
"Te Deums and Sacraments" Copyright, 1932, by
The Pilgrim Press
"The Vision Spendid" Copyright, 1918, by
George H. Doran Co.; renewed, 1947, by Erica Oxenham.
Bridget Scurfield of Avenue Books, 1 The Avenue,
Cliftonville, Northampton, NN1 5BT, England, UK (Avenue
Books specialises in books on Africa & Colonial
Connections, Exploration and Travel, Children's Fiction,
Aviation & Military History - JT) writes:
John Oxenham most famous daughter was
of course Elsie Jeanette Oxenham, prolific author, whose
books, particularly "The Abbey Girl" series are
highly collectable. A quick look at http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/ct/reality.html
mentions her father John Oxenham and also gives links to
other very informative websites.
I have in my collection 3 of John
Oxenham's books which list various of his other titles -
you probably have them by now, but if not I've listed
Novels: (All of
these must have been published pre-1916, as the book
listing them was published that year.)
Our Lady of Deliverance
A Princess of Vascovy
John of Gerisau
Under the Iron Flail
Mr Joseph Scorer
Barbe of Grand Bayou
A Weaver of Webs
Hearts of Exile
The Gate of the Desert
Profit and Loss
The Long Road
Carette of Sark
Pearl of Pearl Island
|The Song of
My Lady of Shadows
A Maid of the Silver Sea
The Coil of Carne
Their High Adventure
Queen of the Guarded Mounts
The Quest of the Golden Rose
Maid of the Mist
Flower of the Dust
My Lady of the Moor
Bees in Amber
The King's High Way [First 1916]
Hymn for the Men at the Front
The Recollections of Roderic Fyfe
The Loosing of the Lion's Whelps
A Hazard in the Blue
The Perilious Lovers
Chaperon to Cupid
The Hawk of Como
Splendid [pre 1927]
The Fiery Cross [pre 1927]
High Altars [pre 1927]
Hearts Courageous [pre 1927]
Policeman X [pre 1927]
"All Clear!" [pre 1927]
Winds of the Dawn [pre 1927]
The Man who would Save the World [pre 1927]
A Little Te Deum [pre 1927]
The Later Te Deum [pre 1927]
The Sacraments [pre 1927]
Chaos - and the Way Out [pre 1927]
- The King [pre 1927]
The Wonder of Lourdes [pre 1927]
The Cedar Box [pre 1927]
Selected Poems [pre 1927]
The Hidden Years [pre 1927]
The Splendour of the Dawn
A Saint in the Making
God and Lady Margaret
Christ and the Third Wise Man
See SOME THOUGHTS ON JOHN OXENHAM AND A FEW OF HIS BOOKS
by Dorothy Waterhouse in #44, May 2003, issue of THE
ABBEY CHRONICLE. See the clubs page
for details of this magazine.
The Argosy, May 1927, contains a 10-page JO short story,
"The Episode of Captain Barnacle".
There's a German Edition of at least one volume of John
Oxenham's books. Unfortunately I don't know the English
title of the book. You can find the bibliographic
information and a scan (sorry for the bad quality) of the
title on my website:
Greetings from Germany
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