Author Information At the Circulating Library
Author: Haskett Smith (1848–1906)
Biography: The Rev. Haskett Smith was the rector of Brauncewell, Lincolnshire, and the author of The Divine Epiphany (1879) when he decided to follow Laurence Oliphant (1829–1888) to the Holy Land in 1882. (He seems to have left a wife and daughter behind.) In Haifa, Smith became Oliphant's right-hand man. After Oliphant's death, Smith used his experiences to write a roman-á-clef For God and Humanity (1891) and a travel guide to Syria and Palestine. He died in 1906.
References: Athenaeum (20 January 1906); British Census (1881)