(1833-1903) UK writer, father of Eleanor Farjeon, of the literary critic and dramatist Herbert Farjeon (1887-1945), and of J Jefferson Farjeon (> SFE link below). He was the author of at least two Christmas Books, Shadows on the Snow: A Christmas Story (1866 chap New Zealand) and Christmas Angel (1884), and other Christmas stories including Christmas Stories (coll 1874) and The Shield of Love (in Arrowsmith's Christmas Annual anth 1884; 1891); and he contributed to a round-robin Christmas novel, Seven Xmas Eves (1894), whose other contributors included Mrs Campbell Praed. He was best-known for detective thrillers; most of his work of fantasy interest is Supernatural Fiction like Devlin the Barber (1888) and A Strange Enchantment (1889), in which a rather didactic "Mystic" uses strange Talents to solve a mystery. Other fiction includes The Last Tenant (1893), about the Ghost of a Cat, Something Occurred (1893) and The Clairvoyante (1905). [JC]
Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
- The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: J Jefferson Farjeon.