Peter John Stephens (31 July 1912 in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire – 11 June 2002) is known for writing his historical fiction books for teens and three children’s books. He was also a poet, a lyricist for operas and musicals, and a playwright.
His play, A Power of Dreams, was produced off-Broadway with Anne Meara of Stiller and Meara starred.
He was the brother of Richard Waring, the US-based actor, and son of Thomas E. Stephens, whose portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower hangs in the Smithsonian Gallery of Presidents and Evelyn Mary Waring. Retaining his British citizenship, Peter John wrote articles for the British Information Service, Rockefeller Center, New York City.
Image 2 portrait of Peter Stephens by his father
He was briefly married to the novelist, Henrietta Buckmaster, before Marcia Nichols Holden, a foster daughter of Harry Sidney Nichols, was a poet and editor. Her son from a previous marriage was Anton Holden
He died of prostate cancer at home in Streatham.