Jerome K. Jerome was born in 1859. He was an English humorist best kwn for this travelogue Three Men in A Boat. Jerome decided to try his hand at acting, under the stage name Harold Crichton. He joined a repertory troupe, which had little money. The actors often had to use their own money to purchase costumes. Told After Supper are stories all taking place on Christmas Eve. The Introduction says 'All these things happen on Christmas Eve, they are all told of on Christmas Eve. For ghost stories to be told on any other evening than the evening of the twenty-fourth of December would be impossible in English society as at present regulated. Therefore, in introducing the sad but authentic ghost stories that follow hereafter, I feel that it is unnecessary to inform the student of Anglo-Saxon literature that the date on which they were told and on which the incidents took place was--Christmas Eve. Stories included in this collection are How the Stories came to be told, Teddy Biffles' Story--Johnson and Emily; or, the Faithful Ghost, The Doctor's Story, Mr. Coombe's Story--The Haunted Mill; or, the Ruined Home, My Uncle's Story--The Ghost of the Blue Chamber, A Personal Explanation, and My Own Story.