- 6 December 1872
Lawrence, New Zealand
- 4 March 1936
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Alternative Names
- James, Henry James (pseudonym)
- James, James (pseudonym)
Adams was born at Otago, New Zealand, where he attended the local university. He worked as a journalist for Wellington's Evening Post before moving to Sydney in 1898. He went to China in 1900, where he was a war correspondent during the Boxer Rebellion, then visited New Zealand and London, returning to Australia several years later. He became editor of the Bulletin's 'Red Page' in 1906, and editor of the Lone Hand in 1909. He wrote pantomimes and plays for the theatre, four anthologies of poetry and numerous short stories and novels, many of which were light-hearted satirical comedies set in Australia, including Galahad Jones (1910), A Touch of Fantasy (1911) and The Australians (1920). He died of septicaemia and pneumonia at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital.