1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Morrison, Arthur

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MORRISON, ARTHUR (1863–), English novelist, was born in Kent on the 1st of November 1863. He was for a short time a clerk in the civil service, and in 1890 took to journalism. He had already published scattered tales and sketches of low life in London when W. E. Henley, with whom he was connected as a contributor to the National Observer, suggested their publication in volume form. Tales of Mean Streets (1894) immediately attracted attention, and this was followed by A Child of the Jago (1896), the scene of which is laid between High Street, Shoreditch, and Bethnal Green Road. Cunning Murrell (1900), The Hole in the Wall (1902), and the detective stories, Martin Hewitt, Investigator (1894), which had sequels in 1894 and 1896, and The Green Eye of Gorma, are among his other works.