Robert Aickman

The son of an architect, Robert Fordyce Aickman (1914–1981) did not attend university and subsisted on a small family income as he worked variously as a literary agent, editor, and theater and art reviewer in London. A prominent advocate for preserving England’s canals, he was a cofounder of the influential Inland Waterways Association. Besides eight volumes of published stories (one including stories written by the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard) and a range of unpublished works, he wrote two memoirs, The Attempted Rescue and The River Runs Uphill.