E. V. Lucas

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E. V. Lucas

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Edward Verrall Lucas (June 11/12 1868 – June 26, 1938) was a versatile and popular English writer of nearly 100 books. His style has great facility, and is generally found insipid by contemporary readers; some of his cricket writing has lasted. He is now remembered for his essays and books about London and travel, appearing in many editions, and his biography of Charles Lamb. He was a close friend of Edwin Lutyens.

He was born Eltham, Kent into a Quaker family, and educated at Friends Public School in Saffron Walden. He worked first in a Brighton bookshop and then on a Sussex newspaper followed by The Globe; rising without university education to the Punch magazine 'table' in 1904. He became a prolific writer, providing extensive content for Punch and a column "A wanderer's notebook" for the Sunday Times.

He was also responsible for A. A. Milne teaming up with E. H. Shepard for the Winnie-the-Pooh books. He wrote under pen names EVL, VVV, E. D. Ward, and FF for film criticism. Some of his early work was in collaboration with Charles Larcom Graves (1856 – 1944), another Punch writer.

From 1924 he was also chairman of the London publishers Methuen and Co.. According to R. G. G. Price's A History of Punch, his polished and gentlemanly essayist's persona concealed:

a cynical clubman … very bitter about men and politics … [with] the finest pornographic library in London.


  • Bernard Barton and his friends: a record of quiet lives (1893) Quaker biography
  • A Book of Verse for Children (1897)
  • The War of the Wenuses (1898) with C. L. Graves, parody of H. G. Wells
  • Charles Lamb and the Lloyds (1898)
  • The Open Road (1899) anthology
  • The Book of Shops (1899)
  • Four And Twenty Toilers (1900) poems
  • What Shall We Do Now? (1900) with Elizabeth Lucas, games book
  • Wisdom While You Wait (1903) with C. L. Graves, parody encyclopedia
  • Works and Letters of Charles and Mary Lamb (1903-5) editor
  • Highways and Byways in Sussex (1904)
  • The Life of Charles Lamb (1905) biography
  • The Friendly Town (1905)
  • A Wanderer in Holland (1905)
  • A Wanderer in London (1906)
  • Listener's Lure (1906)
  • Character and Comedy (1907)
  • A Swan and her Friends (1907 about Anna Seward
  • The Hambledon Men (1907) cricket
  • The Gentlest Art (1907) anthology of letters
  • Another Book of Verses for Children (1907)
  • Anne's Terrible Good Nature (1908)
  • Over Bemerton's (1908) novel
  • Hustled History, Or, As It Might Have Been (1908) with C. L. Graves
  • The Slowcoach (1908) fiction
  • Mr. Coggs and other songs for children (1908) with Liza Lehmann
  • A Wanderer in Paris (1909)
  • One Day and Another (1909)(Thought to be no copies left)
  • Good Company - A Rally of Men (1909)
  • Sir Pulteney (1910) as E. D. Ward, fantasy
  • Mr Ingleside (1910) novel
  • The Second Post (1910) anthology of letters
  • Old Lamps for New (1911)
  • William Cowper's Letters (1911) editor
  • A Wanderer in Florence (1912)
  • London Lavender (1912)
  • A Little of Everything (1912)
  • Loiterer's Harvest (1913) essays
  • Swollen Headed William (1914) parody
  • A Wanderer in Venice (1914)
  • Landmarks (1914)
  • A Picked Company: being a selection of writings (1915) editor
  • Her Infinite Variety: A Feminine Portrait Gallery (1915) anthology
  • The Hausfrau Rampant (1916) novel
  • Cloud and Silver (1916)
  • The Vermilion Box (1916) novel
  • London Revisited (1916)
  • A Boswell of Baghdad (1917) essays
  • Twixt Eagle & Dove (1918)
  • The Phantom Journal (1919)
  • Quoth the Raven (1919)
  • Verena in the Midst (1920)
  • Roving East and Roving West (1921)
  • Edwin Austin Abbey, Royal Academician, The Record of His Life and Work (1921) biography
  • Rose and Rose (1922)
  • Vermeer of Delft (1922)
  • Giving and Receiving (1922)
  • Ginevra's Money (1922)
  • Advisory Ben (1923)
  • Luck of the Year (1923)
  • Michael Angelo (1924)
  • Rembrandt (1924)
  • A Wanderer among Pictures (1924)
  • Encounters and Diversions (1924)
  • The Same Star (1924) play
  • Zigzags in France (1925)
  • John Constable the Painter (1925)
  • Introducing London (1925)
  • Playtime & Company (1925)
  • A Wanderer in Rome (1926)
  • Events and Embroideries (1926)
  • Frans Hals (1926)
  • Twelve Songs From "Playtime & Company" (1926)
  • The Joy of Life (1927) poetry anthology
  • A Fronded Isle (1927)
  • The More I See of Men (1927)
  • The Flamp and Other Stories (1927)
  • A Rover I Would Be (1928)
  • Out of a Clear Sky (1928)
  • Mr Punch's Country Songs (1928)
  • The Colvins and their Friends (1928) biography
  • Windfall's Eye (1929)
  • Turning Things Over (1929) essays
  • If Dogs Could Write (1929) anthology
  • Down the Sky (1930)
  • Traveller’s Luck (1930) essays
  • And Such Small Deer (1931)
  • French Leaves (1931)
  • Visibility Good (1931)
  • Lemon Verbena (1932) essays
  • Reading, Writing, and Remembering (1932) (autobiography)
  • English Leaves (1933)
  • Saunterer's Rewards (1933)
  • Postbag Diversions (1933)
  • At the Shrine of St. Charles (1934) for Charles Lamb anniversary
  • Pleasure Trove (1935)
  • Only the Other Day (1936)
  • London Afresh (1937)
  • All of a Piece (1937)
  • As the Bee Sucks (1937)
  • Adventures and Misgivings (1938)
  • A Hundred Years of Trent Bridge (1938) editor
  • Cricket All His Life (1950) edited by Rupert Hart-Davis, cricket writing


  • E. V. Lucas: A Portrait (1939) Audrey Lucas
  • E. V. Lucas and His Books (1988) Claude A. Prance

External link

  • Works by E. V. Lucas at Project Gutenberg

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