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E. Phillips Oppenheim
Edward Phillips Oppenheim (22 October 1866 – 3 February 1946) was an English novelist, in his lifetime a major and successful writer of genre fiction including thrillers.
Edward Phillips Oppenheim was born 22 October 1866 in Leicester, the son of Henrietta Susannah Temperley Budd and Edward John Oppenheim, a leather merchant. He worked in his father's business for almost twenty years. He went to Wyggeston Grammar School.
Oppenheim's literary success enabled him to buy a villa in France and a yacht, then a house in Guernsey, though he lost access to this during the Second World War. Afterwards he regained the house, le Vanquiédor in St. Peter Port, and he died there on 3 February 1946.
In 1892 Oppenheim married Elise Clara Hopkins. They lived in Evington, Leicestershire until the First World War, and had one daughter. During the war he worked for the Ministry of Information.
Oppenheim produced more than 100 novels between 1887 and 1943. They include:
Short story collections
Most of Oppenheim's 37 collections of short stories, 26 of which have been published in the United States, are series with sustained interest in which one group of characters appears throughout.