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Children in some countries are kept out of school, or attend only for short periods. Charles Hamilton writer Charles Harold St. John Hamilton was an English writer, specialising in writing long-running series of stories for weekly magazines about recurrent casts of characters, his most frequent and famous genre being boys' public school stories, though he dealt with other genres, he used a variety of pen-names using a different name for each set of characters he wrote about, the most famous being Frank Richards for the Greyfriars School stories.

He is estimated to have written about million words in his lifetime and has featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's most prolific author. Vast amounts of his output are available on the Friardale website. Hamilton was born in London to a family of eight children, his parents were a Master Carpenter.

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He embarked on a career as a writer of fiction, having his first story accepted immediately. According to W. Lofts it appeared in Over the following years he was to establish himself as the main writer with the publisher Trapps Holmes, providing several thousand stories on a range of subjects including police, firemen, Westerns as well as school stories. In he started to write for the Amalgamated Press and although he continued to have stories published for Trapps Holmes until , his allegiance was to move.

This was to be known as The Magnet , the subject matter was a school called Greyfriars and Hamilton was again to be the author, this time using the name Frank Richards. In , Hamilton started a third school for Amalgamated Press, this time under the name Owen Conquest and featuring a leading character called Jimmy Silver.

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His'golden period' is regarded as c. If a Hamilton story was not available, the story was provided by another author but still using the Clifford or Richards name. By the late s the circulation for both The Gem and The Magnet had declined because of competition by publications by D. In December The Gem was cancelled in the traditional manner of British comics by being merged with another paper, the Triumph.

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There is reason to believe that the same fate would have overtaken The Magnet in the summer of , but in the event a sudden shortage of paper, caused by the progress of the war, led to its ceasing publication abruptly and without notice in May of that year; the final issue contained the opening story of a new series. Following the closure of The Magnet in , Hamilton had little work, but he became known as the author of the stories following a newspaper interview he gave to the London Evening Standard , he was not able to continue the Greyfriars saga as Amalgamated Press held the copyright and would not release it.

In the event he was obliged to create new schools such as Carcroft and Sparshott, as well as trying the romance genre under the name of Winston Cardew. By , however, he had received permission to write Greyfriars stories again, obtained a contract from publishers Charles Skilton for a hardback series, the first volume of which, Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School , was published in September The series was to continue for the rest of his life, the publisher changing to Cassells. Hamilton never married, but some details of one romance are provided in a biography, another is mentioned in his autobiography.

Early in the 20th century, he was engaged to a lady called Agnes, he formed a brief attachment to an American lady whom he alluded to as Miss New York , his life interests were writing stories, studying Latin and modern languages, chess and gambling at Monte Carlo. The Roman poet Horace was a particular favourite, he travelled in Europe in his youth, but never left England after , living in a small house called Rose Lawn , at Kingsgate, a hamlet in.

Greyfriars School Greyfriars School is a fictional English public school used as a setting in the long-running series of stories by the writer Charles Hamilton , who wrote under the pen-name of Frank Richards. Although the stories are focused on the Remove, whose most famous pupil was Billy Bunter , other characters featured on a regular basis. From to , the stories appeared in a total of 1, weekly issues. After , the stories continued to appear in book form until Hamilton's death in A comic strip was published in Knockout from to , drawn by various other artists until Knockout merged with Valiant, in which comic strips continued to appear from 23 February to 16 October Greyfriars School is situated in the county of southeast England ; the school lies on the fictional river Sark , upstream of the nearby village of Friardale and downstream of the market town of Courtfield.

It is near the coast: the fishing village of Pegg is described as being within a mile. There are two other public schools nearby, Highcliffe. Farther away are the towns of Wapshott; the school consists of seven forms, loosely based on age groups. Each form has its own Form Master. Specialist masters are used for French and mathematics.


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Unusually, both in terms of real-life public schools and their fictional counterparts, Greyfriars School does not have a house system. In the early Magnet stories, this created a problem for the author in that inter-house rivalries are a useful source of plot conflicts in many fictional school stories.

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To compensate for this, Frank Richards created three separate forms of similar age groups at Greyfriars as well as rival characters in the neighbouring Highcliffe School ; as the stories developed, the time would come when plot conflicts would arise from the minutely detailed characters that were fleshed out over the years. The school is supervised by a Board of Governors, whose members include the buffoonish local landowner, Sir Hilton Popper, as well as Colonel Wharton and Major Cherry, both relatives of prominent characters in the Greyfriars Remove form.

Boys spend most of the day in class, or in their spare time either in a common room, on the sports fields, or in shared studies. Breakfast and lunch are taken communally. A modest high tea in hall is provided, but most of the boys prefer to make their own arrangements in their studies, funds permitting.

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While the masters emphasise scholastic matters, for the pupils it is physical activities that are at the heart of the school's ethos.