Edwin Lester Arnold

Edwin Lester Linden Arnold (14 May 1857 – 1 March 1935) was an English author. Most of his works were issued under his working name of Edwin Lester Arnold.

Life and literary career

Arnold was born in Swanscombe, Kent, as son of Sir Edwin Arnold. Most of his childhood was spent in India, but he returned to England to study agriculture and ornithology. He became a journalist in 1883, and published his first books A Holiday In Scandinavia (1877) and Bird Life In England (1887) before writing his first novel The Wonderful Adventures of Phra the Phoenician, the adventures of a warrior who goes in and out of an unexplained state of suspended animation in order to be a witness to invasions or attempted invasions of England. Phra was first published in 24 parts in the prestigious Illustrated London News, and later published in book form in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Arnold later wrote other novels, including Rutherford the Twice-Born (1892) and Lepidus the Centurion: A Roman of Today (1901), both of which flopped commercially. In 1905 Arnold published his best known novel, Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation, also known as Gulliver of Mars, (1905). Its initial reception was lukewarm, leading Arnold to stop writing fiction altogether.


Arnold's Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation is considered important to 20th century science fiction literature, in that it may have inspired the Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom series, which was written six years later. Indeed, both Gullivar and Burroughs's character John Carter, first seen in A Princess of Mars (1917), are military men from the Southern United States who arrive on Mars and have numerous adventures, including falling in love with a Martian princess. The character of Carter, however, has more in common with Arnold's earlier creation, Phra. Critics would say that Arnold's Martian adventure was not as well written, and the fact that Gullivar doesn't quite defeat his enemies or get the girl in the end helps explain why his novel not as popular as Burroughs', which was followed by ten sequels.

Ace Books reprinted Arnold's Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation in 1964, retitling it Gulliver of Mars [sic]. A more recent Bison Books edition was issued as Gullivar of Mars, adapting the Ace title to Arnold's spelling.

Marvel Comics did a brief comic version of Gullivar of Mars during the early 1970s, possibly as a reaction to DC gaining the rights to publish Burroughs' John Carter during this time. With art by Gil Kane, it ran in several issues of Creatures on the Loose. Marvel's Gullivar was a Viet Nam vet, and the series started in modern times. Though the series used many of Arnold's characters and concepts, the series was not a strict adaptation of the original book.

Both Gullivar and John Carter make an appearance at the beginning of volume two in Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic book series.



  • The Wonderful Adventures of Phra the Phœnician (US 1890, UK 1891) 1893 edition on the Internet Archive
  • Rutherford the Twice-Born (1892)
  • The Constable of St. Nicholas (1894)
  • The Story of Ulla and Other Tales (1895)
  • Lepidus the Centurion: A Roman of Today (1901) (Internet Archive e-text)
  • Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation (1905) (Project Gutenberg Entry:[1])



  1. ^ Gulliver of Mars by Edwin Lester Linden Arnold – Project Gutenberg at gutenberg.net


  • Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 19. ISBN 0-911682-20-1.

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1905 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1905.

A Princess of Mars

A Princess of Mars is a science fantasy novel by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first of his Barsoom series. It was first serialized in the pulp magazine All-Story Magazine from February–July, 1912. Full of swordplay and daring feats, the novel is considered a classic example of 20th-century pulp fiction. It is also a seminal instance of the planetary romance, a subgenre of science fantasy that became highly popular in the decades following its publication. Its early chapters also contain elements of the Western. The story is set on Mars, imagined as a dying planet with a harsh desert environment. This vision of Mars was based on the work of the astronomer Percival Lowell, whose ideas were widely popularized in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Barsoom series inspired a number of well-known 20th-century science fiction writers, including Jack Vance, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein, and John Norman. The series was also inspirational for many scientists in the fields of space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life, including Carl Sagan, who read A Princess of Mars when he was a child.

Arnold (surname)

Arnold is a German and English surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Alice Arnold (born 1962), British broadcaster and journalist

Ann Arnold (1936–2015), English artist

Bené Arnold, American dance scholar

Brad Arnold (born 1978), 3 Doors Down singer

Benedict Arnold (disambiguation), several people

Catherine Arnold (born 1978), British diplomat

Cecile Arnold (1891 or 1895–1931), American silent film actress

Charles Arnold-Baker, OBE, English member of MI6, barrister, and historian

Clinton E. Arnold (born 1958), American New Testament scholar and former president of the Evangelical Theological Society

Cornelius Arnold (1711–after 1757), American poetical writer

David Arnold (disambiguation), several people

Delia Arnold (born 1986), Malaysian squash player

Dominique Arnold (born 1973), American hurdling athlete

Dorothy Arnold (1917–1984), American film actress

Douglas N. Arnold, American mathematician

Đuro Arnold (1853–1941), Croatian writer and philosopher

Earl C. Arnold (d. 1949) American academic administrator

Eberhard Arnold (1883–1935), German writer, philosopher, and theologian

Eddy Arnold (1918–2008), American country music singer

Eduardo Arnold (born 1947), Argentine politician

Edward Arnold (disambiguation), several people

Sir Edwin Arnold (1832–1904), English poet and journalist

Edwin Lester Arnold (1857–1935), English author

Elana Arnold, children's and young adult author

Ethel Arnold (1864 or 5 –1930), English journalist, author, and lecturer on female suffrage.

Florence Arnold, English singer, songwriter and drummer best known as Florrie

Frank Arnold (disambiguation), several people

Franz Arnold (1878-1960), Germany comedy writer

Friedrich Arnold (1803–1890), German anatomist

Friedrich Wilhelm Arnold (1810–1864), German musician, music seller, publisher and folk-song collector

Gareth Arnold (born 1992), English blogger and satirist

Geoff Arnold (born 1944), English cricketer

Georg Arnold-Graboné (1896–1982), German painter and art teacher

Godfrey Edward Arnold (1914–1989), Austrian American professor of medicine

Graham Arnold (born 1963), Australian association football player and manager

Harriet Pritchard Arnold (1858 - 1901), American author

Helen Arnold, silent film actress

Henry H. Arnold (1886–1950), American aviation pioneer and commanding general

Horace Lucian Arnold (died 1915), early American writer on management

Ian Arnold (born 1972), English former association football player

Isaac N. Arnold (1815–1884), congressman during American Civil War; biographer of Abraham Lincoln

James Arnold (disambiguation), several people

Jamie Arnold (disambiguation), several people

Jay Arnold (American football) (born 1912), American football player for Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers

Jennette Arnold, Montserrat-born British politician and member of the Greater London Assembly

Jim Arnold (disambiguation), several people

Joanne Arnold (born 1931), American actress and model

Joe Arnold (born 1947), American baseball coach

John Arnold (disambiguation), several people

Jonathan Arnold (1741–1793), American physician and statesman

Josiah D. Arnold (1820-1903), American businessman and politician

Lenna Arnold (1920–2010), All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player

Lucas Arnold Ker (born 1974), Argentine professional tennis player

Luke Arnold (born 1984), Australian actor

Malcolm Arnold (1921–2006), English composer and symphonist

Marc Arnold (born 1970), South African former association football player

Martin Arnold (born 1959), Austrian film director

Martin Arnold (journalist) (1929–2013), American journalist

Matthew Arnold (1822–1888), English poet and cultural critic

Monica (entertainer) (Monica Denise Arnold) (born 1980), American singer

Nathan Arnold (born 1987), English footballer

Nicholas Arnold (disambiguation), several people

Nick Arnold (writer), British writer

Nick Arnold (footballer) (born 1993), English footballer

Norbert P. Arnold (1920-2014), American politician and inventor

P. P. Arnold, American soul singer

Patricio Arnold (born 1971), Argentine former professional tennis player

Richard Arnold (disambiguation), several people

Robert Arnold (disambiguation), several people

Russ Arnold, American bridge player

Russel Arnold (born 1973), Sri Lankan cricketer

Samuel Arnold (disambiguation), several people

Tom Arnold (disambiguation), several people

Thomas Arnold (disambiguation), several people

Victor Arnold (disambiguation), several people

Vladimir Arnold (1937–2010), Russian mathematician

Wayne Arnold (born 1984), American basketball player

Werner Arnold (born 1931), German weightlifter

William Arnold (disambiguation), several people

Edwin Arnold

Sir Edwin Arnold KCIE CSI (10 June 1832 – 24 March 1904) was an English poet and journalist, who is most known for his work The Light of Asia.

List of English novelists

This is a list of novelists from England.

List of English writers (A-C)

List of English writers lists writers in English, born or raised in England (or who lived in England for a lengthy period), who already have Wikipedia pages. References for the information here appear on the linked Wikipedia pages. The list is incomplete – please help to expand it by adding Wikipedia page-owning writers who have written extensively in any genre or field, including science and scholarship. Please follow the entry format. A seminal work added to a writer's entry should also have a Wikipedia page. This is a subsidiary to the List of English people. There are or should be similar lists of Irish, Scots, Welsh, Manx, Jersey, and Guernsey writers.

Abbreviations: AV = Authorized King James Version of the Bible, also as = also wrote/writes as, c. = circa; century, cc. = centuries; cleric = Anglican priest, fl. = floruit, RC = Roman Catholic, SF = science fiction, YA = young adult fiction

List of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen characters

This is a collection of the characters from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a comic book series created by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, and its spin-off Nemo.

List of people from Kent

This is a list of notable residents of the county of Kent in England who have a Wikipedia page. Persons are grouped by occupation and listed in order of birth. Kent is defined by its current boundaries.

Mars in fiction

Fictional representations of Mars have been popular for over a century. Interest in Mars has been stimulated by the planet's dramatic red color, by early scientific speculations that its surface conditions might be capable of supporting life, and by the possibility that Mars could be colonized by humans in the future. Almost as popular as stories about Mars are stories about Martians engaging in activity (frequently invasions) away from their home planet.

In the 20th century, actual spaceflights to the planet Mars, including seminal events such as the first man-made object to impact the surface of Mars in 1971, and then later the first landing of "the first mechanized device to successfully operate on Mars" in 1976 (in the Viking program by the United States), inspired a great deal of interest in Mars-related fiction. Exploration of the planet has continued in the 21st century on to the present day.

Michael Moorcock

Michael John Moorcock (born 18 December 1939) is an English writer and musician, primarily of science fiction and fantasy, who has also published literary novels. He is best known for his novels about the character Elric of Melniboné, a seminal influence on the field of fantasy since the 1960s and 1970s.

As editor of the British science fiction magazine New Worlds, from May 1964 until March 1971 and then again from 1976 to 1996, Moorcock fostered the development of the science fiction "New Wave" in the UK and indirectly in the United States. His publication of Bug Jack Barron by Norman Spinrad as a serial novel was notorious; in Parliament some British MPs condemned the Arts Council for funding the magazine. He is also a successful recording musician, contributing to the band Hawkwind, Blue Öyster Cult and his own project.

In 2008, The Times newspaper named Moorcock in its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Newcastle Forgotten Fantasy Library

The Newcastle Forgotten Fantasy Library was a series of trade paperback books published in the United States by the Newcastle Publishing Company between 1973 and 1980. Presumably under the inspiration of the earlier example set by the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series, the series reissued a number of works of fantasy literature that had largely been forgotten, being out of print or otherwise not easily available in the United States, in durable, illustrated trade paperback form with new introductions. For a number of works the Library’s editions constituted the first U.S. or first paperback edition. Together with the earlier series from Ballantine Books, it contributed to the renaissance of interest in the fantasy genre of the 1970s.The Library was produced under the editorship of Robert Reginald and Douglas Menville, editors of Forgotten Fantasy magazine, who were also responsible for several other similar series from other publishers. It included works by authors such as William Morris, H. Rider Haggard, Lord Dunsany, and Leslie Barringer, among others. Projected to include a total of twenty-six fantasy classics, the Library ultimately released only twenty-four. Possibly the remaining two are represented by two non-fantasy books Newcastle published without the series designation, the first two Dr. Nikola novels by Guy Boothby: Enter, Dr. Nikola (September 1975), and Dr. Nikola Returns (March 1976).

The covers for the first eight books were generic and described by their designer Douglas Menville as "rather crude". With the fourth book in the series, artists such as George Barr were engaged to produce more attractive covers at a discount, under an arrangement whereby the artist was able to retain the original paintings for private sale after the books were published. The ninth book onward featured more imaginative, wrap around art, and two of the first eight (She and Allan and Gerfalcon) were later reissued in this style.

World of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The world of The League of Extraordinary Gentleman is a fictional universe created by Alan Moore in the comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, where all of the characters and events from literature (and possibly the entirety of fiction) coexist. The world the characters inhabit is one more technologically advanced than our own, but also home to the strange and supernatural. Beyond the comic itself, the world of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is expanded upon by supplemental prose material, including The New Traveller's Almanac, Allan and the Sundered Veil, and the documents from the Black Dossier.

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