P. C. Wren (Percival Christopher Wren) Biography
(1885–1941), (Percival Christopher Wren), Smoke and Sword, Beau Geste, Beau Sabreur, Beau Ideal
British popular novelist, born in Devon, educated at Oxford University. He was, at various times in his career, a journalist, an explorer, an officer in the French Foreign Legion, assistant director of education in India, and an officer with the Indian forces in East Africa during the First World War. He published several moderately successful books, including Smoke and Sword (1914), before his first post-war novel, Beau Geste (1924), brought him popular success. It was followed by several others, including Beau Sabreur (1926) and Beau Ideal (1928), all adventure stories with a Foreign Legion background.