F.R. Buckley, 1896-1976

December 20

Pulp writer Frederick Robert Buckley was born on today’s date in 1896. The English writer, film critic and screenwriter is one of the writers featured in The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction, Volume 2.

Born in Colton, Staffordshire, England, in 1896, he emigrated to the United States in 1915. He went to work as a film critic for the New York Evening Mail, then joined Vitagraph Studios. He worked as a screenwriter and actor for the silent film studio. In 1916, he married actress Helen Curry, sister of pulp writer Tom Curry.

Buckley left the studio in 1918 after selling his first short story, “Getting It,” to The Black Cat. His fiction would appear in the slicks, as well as several pulps, including Argosy, Adventure, Blue Book and Western Story Magazine.

For Adventure, Buckley wrote his most famous series, featuring Captain Luigi Caradosso, an Italian mercenary during the Renaissance. The swashbuckling hero first appeared in 1924, with several more stories from 1926 to 1934, when Buckley returned to England. A second series of Caradosso stories ran in Adventure from 1940 to 1949.

From 1934 to 1970, he worked as an announcer and writer for the BBC. He died in England in 1976.

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