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Posted November 27, 2012 by Gilbert Cross in Writing
 
 

The World’s most prolific writer, Frank Richards


Charles Harold St. John Hamilton (8 August 1876 – 24 December 1961) was an English writer, specializing in writing long-running series of stories for weekly magazines about recurrent casts of characters, his most frequent and famous genre being boys’ public school stories, though he also dealt with other genres. He used a variety of pen-names, generally using a different name for each set of characters he wrote about, the most famous being Frank Richards for the Greyfriars School stories (featuring Billy Bunter). Other important pen-names included Martin Clifford (for St Jim’s), Owen Conquest (for Rookwood), Peter Todd (for Herlock Sholmes) and Ralph Redway (for The Rio Kid). He also wrote some stories under his real name such as the Ken King stories for The Modern Boy.
He is estimated to have written about 100 million words in his lifetime (Lofts & Adley 1970:170) and has featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s most prolific author.
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