- 8 June 1899
Waverley, New South Wales, Australia
- 17 Feb 1943
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Cobb was born at Waverley, Sydney, leaving school early to begin a cadetship at the Sydney Daily Telegraph. In 1921 he went to England, poultry farming in Oxfordshire and marrying a woman nearly twice his age. After several manuscripts were rejected, he published his novel, Mr Moffatt (1925), with Allen & Unwin, followed by Days of Disillusion the next year. His third novel was never published. His work was well reviewed in the contemporary press but sales were poor. More recently, efforts have been made to recuperate Cobb's work for its stylistic innovations. He died after a gallbladder operation.