Author Information At the Circulating Library
Author: Horace Frank Lester (1853–1896)
Biography: Horace Francis Lester was born in 1853 in Bombay, the son of Major-general Frederic William Lester, Bombay Artillary. He attended University College, Oxford, and was called to the bar in 1879. By that time, Lester had become a contributor to Punch. Besides some legal writings, he wrote a handful of fictional works, such as the parody Ben D'Ymion (1887), the murder mystery Hartas Maturin (1888), and the future war novel The Taking of Dover (1888). He died in 1896.
References: British Census (1881, 1891); Men-at-the-Bar (1885); Times (13 October 1896)