Ernest Parke was a political writer, editor and newspaper proprietor.
Parke was a political writer on education, publishing between 1885 and 1886. He became deputy editor of The Star of Stonecutter Street, E.C., and proprietor of the weekly North London Press, which was later amalgamated with the People's Press. In 1889 he received a prison sentence for libelling Lord Euston in the Cleveland Street affair, the homosexual scandal surrounding the Duke of Clarence. During his imprisonment, Bernard Shaw took over on The Star.
British Library catalogue at http://catalogue.bl.uk (accessed 2005); Laurence, Dan (ed.), Bernard Shaw Collected Letters 1874-1897, London, 1965.