Carl Eric Bechhofer Roberts
|Born||21 November 1894|
|Died||14 December 1949|
|Occupation||Barrister, journalist, psychical researcher, writer|
Roberts was born and raised in London but relocated to Germany to study classics. He worked as a professional writer, producing works on travel, biography, criminology, fiction, paranormal, translation and drama. He contributed to The New Age magazine.
Roberts met Gurdjieff in Tiflis in 1919. His book In Denikin's Russia and the Caucasus, 1919-1920 (1921) contained the first description of Gurdjieff published in English. His 1928 novel This Side Idolatry (by the pseudonym "Ephesian") was the first public presentation of the relationship between Charles Dickens and the actress Ellen Ternan.
Roberts died in a motor accident in December 1949.
He was the author of The Mysterious Madame: A Life of Madame Blavatsky (1931), a highly critical biography of Helena Blavatsky. In his book The Truth about Spiritualism (1932) he came to the conclusion that there is no evidence for the spirit hypothesis in mediumship. According to the research of Roberts all séance and spiritualist phenomena can be explained by "telepathy, self-deception, fraud or neurosis".
- Russia at the Cross-Roads (1916)
- A Russian Anthology in English (1917)
- Through Starving Russia (1921)
- In Denikin's Russia and the Caucasus, 1919-1920 (1921)
- A Wanderer’s Log (1922)
- The Literary Renaissance in America (1923)
- Lord Birkenhead: being an account of the life of F.E. Smith, first earl of Birkenhead (1926)
- Winston Churchill (1927)
- Philip Snowden: An Impartial Portrait (1929)
- The Mysterious Madame: A Life of Madame Blavatsky (1931)
- The Truth about Spiritualism (1932)
- Nurse Cavell: A Play in Three Acts (1933)
- The new world of crime; famous American trials (1933)
- Sir Travers Humphreys: His Career and Cases (1936)
- Stanley Baldwin: Man or Miracle (1936)
- Paul Verlaine (1937)
- Sir John Simon: Being an Account of the Life And Career of John Allesbrook Simon (1938)
- Famous American Trials (1947)
- This Side Idolatry (1928, as "Ephesian")
- The Coat of Many Colours (1930, as "Ephesian")
- The Jury Disagree (1934, with George Goodchild)
- A. B. C.’s Test Case (1936, as "Ephesian")
- Bread and Butter. A Novel based on the Life of W. M. Thackeray (1936, as "Ephesian")
- A. B. C. Investigates (1937, as "Ephesian")
- A. B. C. Solves Five (1937, as "Ephesian")
- We Shot an Arrow (1939, with George Goodchild)
- The Dear Old Gentleman (1940, with George Goodchild)
- Let’s Begin Again (1940)
- Danger Abroad (1942)
- Don Chicago (1944)
- Sunrise in the West (1945)
- Mencken, Henry Louis. (2002). H. L. Mencken on Religion. Prometheus Books. p. 316. ISBN 1-57392-982-4
- "C. E. Bechhofer Roberts (1894-1949)". Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- Murry, John Middleton. (1983). The Letters of John Middleton Murry to Katherine Mansfield. Constable. p. 163
- Anonymous. Kissed by Rasputin. Yorkshire Evening Post. 15 December 1949.
- The Forest Philosophers by C. E. Bechhofer Roberts.
- Schlicke, Paul, ed. (2011). The Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens (Anniversary ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-964018-8.
- Anonymous. Events at Home and Abroad: And Some People in the New. Illustrated London News. 24 December 1949. p. 993
- Deer, Patrick. (2009). Culture in Camouflage: War, Empire, and Modern British Literature. Oxford University Press. p. 272. ISBN 978-0-19-923988-7
- The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art 154 (1932). J. W. Parker and Son. p. 541.
- Normanton, Helena (1945). The Trial of Mrs. Duncan. Jarrolds Publishers Limited. pp. 9–25.