English journalist and writer. His works include the novel Three Men in a Boat (1889), a humorous account of a trip on the Thames from Kingston to Oxford; the humorous essays ‘Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow’ (1889); and the play The Passing of the Third Floor Back (story 1908, dramatized version 1910).
He was born in Walsall, Staffordshire, and brought up in London. He was at different times a reporter and schoolmaster, and also tried the stage, about which he wrote in On the Stage and Off (1888). Three Men in a Boat was followed by Three Men on the Bummel (1900), a less entertaining account of a tour in Germany, and Paul Kelver (1902). In 1892 Jerome was joint editor of The Idler, and in 1893 he started his own twopenny weekly Today, but a costly lawsuit brought it to an end. The Passing of the Third Floor Back is a kind of modern morality, with characters named Cheat, Slut, Rogue, and Cad.
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