Author Information At the Circulating Library
Author: Charles Wolcott Balestier (1861–1891)
Biography: Charles Wolcott Balestier was born in 1861 in Rochester, New York. In 1888 he arrived in London as an employee of the American publisher John W. Lovell. Soon after he partnered with William Heinemann. He met the younger Rudyard Kipling—the two became friends, co-authoring a novel together, The Naulahka (1892). Kipling went on to dedicate his poetry collection Barrack-Room Ballads (1892) to him and to marry Balestier's sister Caroline in the same year. Balestier died suddenly of typoid in 1891 in Dresden. His novel Benefits Forgot was published posthumously in 1893.
References: Times (8 December 1891)