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Arthur Quiller-Couch

Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863 – 1944) was a Cornish novelist who published under the pseudonym “Q.” Though he compiled a number of anthologies of verse and prose, he is best known for The Oxford Book of English Verse (1250-1900), published in 1900, updated in 1918. He’s well regarded for his own poetic verses, publishing Poems and Ballads in 1896. Though they never met, he influenced the American author Helene Hanff, who wrote one of our favorite books, 84, Charing Cross Road (1970) and its sequel, Q’s Legacy (2012).
Quiller-Couch got his “Sir” title when he was appointed King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge in 1912, and he published On the Art of Writing (1916), a compendium of his inaugural lectures as the professor of English literature at Jesus College, Cambridge. He published On the Art of Reading in 1920. A collected edition of Q’s fiction was published in Tales and Romances (30 volumes, 1928–29). He published a number of stories in Noughts and Crosses: Stories Studies and Sketches using his own name in 1898. Some of our favorite stories include The Omnibus (1898) and The Seventh Man (1936).

Short Stories

  • A Blue Pantomime
  • A Dark Mirror
  • A Pair of Hands
  • A Town’s Memory
  • Ballast
  • Beside the Bee Hives
  • Elisha
  • England!
  • Fortunio
  • From A Cottage in Troy
  • Frozen Margit
  • Oceanus
  • Old Aeson
  • “Once Aboard the Lugger”
  • Prisoners of War
  • Psyche
  • Red Velvet
  • Statement of Gabriel Foot: Highwayman
  • Stories of Bleakirk
  • The Carol
  • The Countess of Bellarmine
  • The Disenchantment of ‘Lizabeth
  • The Doctor’s Foundling
  • The Gifts of Feodor Himkoff
  • The Haunted Dragoon
  • The Haunted Yacht
  • The Jew on the Moor
  • The Lady of the Red Admirals
  • The Lady of the Ship
  • The Magic Shadow
  • The Mayor of Gantick
  • The Mystery of Joseph Laquedem
  • The Omnibus
  • The Outlandish Ladies
  • The Paradise of Choice
  • The Penance of John Emmet
  • The Return of Joanna
  • The Room of Mirrors
  • The Seventh Man
  • The Singular Adventure of a Small Free-Trader
  • The Small People
  • The Two Householders
  • Widdershins
  • Yorkshire Dick