The Albert Campion series is a series of crime fiction books, written by a renowned British novelist named Margery Allingham. The series consists of 21 books in total, published between 1929 and 1971. Allintham presents the central character of the series as a suicide detective named Albert Campion.
As with the novels in this crime fiction series, the character also appears in some short stories, also written by author Allingham. Author Allingham is believed to have created the character of Albert Campion by author Dorothy L. As a parody of the character of Lord Peter Vimsey created by Sayers. But, he eventually went on to develop a unique Albert Campion personality.
Some of his characteristics are like those of Lord Wimsey. They are both seen as British gentlemen in their respective series of novels. However, Albert Campion is depicted as a slim, blond man who wears glasses. He is sociable, malleable, and incompetent, but he is also considered a man of action and authority.
The author Allingam began writing the series in 1929 and that same year he published his first book, The Crime at Black Dudley. The book was also published in many foreign countries under the title The Black Dudley Murder. The series spanned a total of 21 books, two of which were written as author Allingam’s husband. It finally ended in the year 1971.
Throughout the series, the writer Allingham collaborated with several other novelists to write specific parts of the series. One of them is her husband, writer Youngman Carter, who helped author Ellingham write the last book in the series after he died, and a couple more before he died. In the first book in the series, Albert Campion appears as a supporting character.
The Albert Campion Series
In the book, he goes on an adventurous journey, battling a ring of criminal activities. Due to the overwhelming positive response given to the character by readers and critics, author Allingham decided to continue presenting 18 more books as part of the series. He also portrayed the popular character in more than 20 stories during the series. The name Albert Campion is actually a pseudonym used by the character in the series.
In fact, he was born into one of England’s leading aristocratic families in 1900. Earlier novels in the series indicate that Albert Campion belonged to the British royal family, but author Allingham abandoned the idea in later books. Albert received his education from Rugby School and St. Ignatius College, Cambridge.
During his early 20s, Albert Campion was very resourceful, well-mannered, and simple. He took the name Campion and began life as a detective and adventurer. The physical description of Albert Campion described by Alterheim is similar to that of a thin, blond man. He always wears a horny rimmed glass. Albert’s face often has a confused, involuntary and soft expression.
Despite all the difficulties he faces in solving the mysteries that surround him, Albert Campion considers himself a laid-back and helpful man. He always helps his friends and those in need. In some books, he is depicted living in a flat on top of a police station at 17A, Bottle Street, Piccadilly, London. In the early novels, author Allingam described Campion as a pet jackdaw named Autolyssus.
Throughout the crime fiction series, Albert Campion is assisted by his servant named Magersfontein Luge. He is described as an innocent and tough fellow who was once a thief. Albert Campion is considered a very good friend of Scotland Yard’s Inspector Stanislas Oates. He also likes to work unconventionally, like Albert Campion.
During the war, Albert is depicted involved in some intelligence work. Later, he is shown to have connections to the secret services. Many of the books in the series were adapted into many popular television series, particularly from 1959 to 1990 by the BBC. Actors playing the role of Albert Campion include Bernard Horsfall, Brian Smith, and Peter Davison.