Jerome Klapka Jerome was born in Walsall, Staffordshire, England on 2nd May 1859.
In 1873 Jerome left school to begin a series of jobs. In his mid twenties he was completely broke and penniless.
At the age of 29 he married Georgina Elizabeth Henrietta Stanley Marris. They spent their honeymoon on the Thames and Jerome began writing his best known novel “Three Men In A Boat” on his return. In the beginning the book was intended to be serious, but the humorous elements eventually took over. It was published in 1889 and made him rich and famous.
There was a sequel, about a cycling tour in Europe, entitled “Three Men on the Bummel”. Other works include “Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow” -1886, a book of essays, autobiographical novel “Paul Kelver” - 1902, “The Passing of the Third Floor Back” - 1908.
He died on 14 June 1927.