Born in Darlington Hodgson was a champion billiards player and boxer. He worked for a time in a theatre in New York before returning to England. From about 1890 he wrote for a number of London publications and was also a comic artist. During the First World War he served in both the Royal Navy and Army.
Sassoon first met Hodgson while he was staying with the Turner’s at Tufton Street. Hodgson being a regular visitor there from 1920 to July 1924 when he left England to take up a professorship teaching English at Sendai University in Japan.
Hodgson returned to England a few times to visit friends, one occasion being in October 1931 when he and Sassoon planned a five day motoring tour of second hand bookshops. They set off in Sassoon’s car on the 10 November starting at a bookshop in Hull and working their way down through Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, visiting at least seventeen bookshops. Towns visited were Hull, Grimsby, Boston, Alford, Great Yarmouth, Norwich, Heacham and Ipswich.