John Oxenham

John Oxenham

Infobox Writer
name = William Arthur Dunkerley

imagesize = 200px
caption = John Oxenham in about 1910
pseudonym = John Oxenham, Julian Ross
birthdate = birth date|1852|11|12|mf=y
birthplace = Manchester, England
deathdate = death date and age|1941|1|23|1852|11|12|mf=y
deathplace = Worthing, Sussex, England
occupation = Journalist, Novelist & Poet
nationality = British
period = 1902-1931

William Arthur Dunkerley (November 12, 1852 - January 23, 1941) was a prolific English journalist, novelist and poet. He was born in Manchester, spent a short time after his marriage in America before moving to Ealing, west London, in the 1880s, and then to Worthing in Sussex in 1922, where he became the town's mayor. [Oxenham, Erica "J. O." and "Scrapbook of J.O."]

He wrote under his own name, and also as John Oxenham for his poetry, hymn-writing, and novels. His poetry includes "Bees in Amber: a little book of thoughtful verse" (1913) which became a bestseller. He also wrote the poem Greatheart. He used another pseudonym, Julian Ross, for journalism. Dunkerley was a major contributor to Jerome K. Jerome's "The Idler" magazine.

He had two sons and four daughters, of whom the eldest, and eldest child, Elsie Jeanette, became well known as a children's writer, particularly through her Abbey Series of girls' school stories. Another daughter, Erica, also used the Oxenham pen-name. The elder son, Roderic Dunkerley, had several titles published under his own name.


* "Under The Iron Flail" (1902)
* "Barbe Of Grand Bayou" (1903)
* "Bondman Free" (1903)
* "Hearts In Exile" (1904)
* "John Of Gerisau" (1904)
* "A Weaver Of Webs" (1904)
* "White Fire" (1905)
* "Giant Circumstance" (1906)
* "Profit And Loss" (1906)
* "The Long Road" (1907)
* "Carette Of Sark" (1907)
* "Pearl Of Pearl Island" (1908)
* "The Song Of Hyacinth" (1908)
* "My Lady Of Shadows" (1909)
* "Great Heart Gillian" (1909)
* "A Maid Of The Silver Sea" (1910)
* "The Coil Of Carne" (1911)
* "The Quest Of The Golden Rose" (1912)
* "The Gate Of The Desert" (1912)
* "Bees In Amber" (1913)
* "Broken Shackles" (1914)
* "The King's High-Way" (1916)
* "All's Well" (1916)
* "The Vision Splendid" (1917)
* "High Altars" (1918)
* "God's Candle" (1929)
* "Hearts In Exile" (1930)
* "The Splendour Of The Dawn" (1930)
* "The Man Who Would Save The World" (1930)
* "The Pageant Of The King's Children" (1930) (with his son Roderick Dunkerley)
* "Cross-Roads: The Story Of Four Meetings" (1931)
* "A Saint In The Making" (1931)


External links

* [ Cyberhymnal]
* [ Bees in Amber online]

NAME=Oxenham, John
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=Dunkerley, William Arthur; Ross, Julian
SHORT DESCRIPTION=English journalist, Novelist, Poet
DATE OF BIRTH=12 November, 1852
PLACE OF BIRTH=Manchester, England
DATE OF DEATH=23 January, 1941
PLACE OF DEATH=Worthing, Sussex, England

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