Robert Smythe Hichens





Robert Smythe Hichens

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born
in Speldhurst, Kent, England, The United Kingdom
November 14, 1864

died
July 20, 1950

gender
male

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Hichens was born in Speldhurst in Kent, the eldest son of a clergyman. He was educated at Clifton College, the Royal College of Music and early on had a desire to be a musician. Later in life he would be a music critic on the World, taking the place of George Bernard Shaw. He also studied at the London School of Journalism. Hichens was a great traveler, Egypt was one of his favorite destinations, he first went there in the early 1890s for his health. For most of his later life he lived outside England, in Switzerland and the Riviera. He never married.

Hichens first novel, The Coastguard's Secret (1886), was written when he was only seventeen. He first became well known among the reading public with The Green Carnation (1894), a satire of Osc
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The Green Carnation
3.18 of 5 stars 3.18 avg rating — 62 ratings — published 1894 — 19 editions
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How Love Came to Professor ...
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 16 ratings2 editions
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The Garden of Allah
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 1904 — 25 editions
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The Return of the Soul
3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1896 — 4 editions
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The Spell of Egypt
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1910 — 17 editions
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Bella Donna
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1969 — 9 editions
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Flames
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 1897 — 11 editions
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The Paradine Case
3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1933 — 2 editions
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The Dweller on the Threshold
2.5 of 5 stars 2.50 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1910 — 10 editions
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Egypt and Its Monuments
3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 1908
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More books by Robert Smythe Hichens…
“For great changes in the human mind are terrible. As we realize them we realize the limitless possibilities of sinister deeds that lie hidden in every human being. A little child that loves a doll can become an old, crafty, secret murderer. How horrible! And perhaps it is still more horrible to think that, while the human envelope remains totally unchanged, every word of the letter within may become altered, and a message of peace fade into a sentence of death.”
Robert Smythe Hichens, the Return of the Soul and Other Stories

“Some say that it is lack of imagination which makes men and women brutes. May it not be power of imagination? The interest of torturing is lessened, is almost lost, if we can not be the tortured as well as the torturer.”
Robert Smythe Hichens, the Return of the Soul and Other Stories

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