A. Wyatt Tilby

Journalist, Author

1880 – 1948


Who was A. Wyatt Tilby?

A. Wyatt Tilby was an author, journalist and traveller. He was born in Addiscombe, Surrey.

After his mother died in 1885, Tilby was looked after by his uncle, Thomas Martin Tilby and his wife Ellen in Islington, London. Having been told that his health was such that he was unlikely to live to adulthood, his surrogate parents later sent him to live with his Aunt Harriet in Eastbourne, where she educated him herself at home.

As a young adult he spent much of his time travelling and studying in Europe, mainly in Germany, Austria and Italy. In 1905 he joined the editorial staff of the Globe, during which time he also worked on his six-volume history, "The English People Overseas". In 1915 he was appointed editor of the Evening Standard, but presumed TB forced him to reduce his journalistic commitments the following year. The illness left him with a permanently deformed hip which also prevented the continuation of his history writing; instead he turned to writing on philosophy.

A frequent contributor to The Edinburgh Review and The Nineteenth Century, he had a thirty-five year association with The Glasgow Herald as a reviewer, special correspondent and a leader-writer. He also edited The Outlook from 1924 to 1928 and The Saturday Review from 1930.

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Apr 1, 1880
  • England
Sep 1, 1948

on July 23, 2013


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