Jeffrey (Howard) Archer Critical Essays


(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Jeffrey (Howard) Archer 1940–

English novelist and short story writer.

A former member of the British Parliament, Archer is the author of several best-selling novels. He wrote his first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1976), after being a victim of a million-dollar swindle similar to the one described in that novel. Shall We Tell the President? (1977) is an imaginary account of the presidency of Edward M. Kennedy and was faulted for the sensationalism of the plot, which ends in Kennedy's death. Archer's most popular works, Kane and Abel (1979) and its sequel The Prodigal Daughter (1982), are sagas of two business rivals and their children.

(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 77-80.)