John Jeffery Farnol (1878-1952), was an English author, known for his many romantic novels. He was born in Aston, Birmingham, and brought up in London and Kent. He attended the Westminster Art School, after he had lost his job in a Birmingham metal-working firm. In 1900, he married Blanche Hawley, daughter of the noted New York scenic artist Hughson Hawley; they moved to the United States, where he found work as a scene painter. The success of his early novels led Farnol to become a professional writer; he returned to England around 1910, and settled on the south coast. He produced around 40 novels and volumes of stories, and some non-fiction and childrens books. Amongst his works are My Lady Caprice (1907), The Broad Highway (1910), The Money Moon (1911), The Amateur Gentleman (1913), Beltane the Smith (1915), The Definite Object (1917), The Geste of Duke Jocelyn (1919), Black Bartlemys Treasure (1920), Martin Conisbys Vengeance (1921) and Peregrines Progress (1922).