Author Information At the Circulating Library
Author: William Frederic Traill (1838–1905)
Biography: William Frederic Traill was born in 1838 in London, the fourth son of James Traill, the stipendiary magistrate of Greenwich and Woolwich. His younger brother was satirist and journalist Henry Duff Traill (1842–1900). He attended St. John's College, Oxford, where he took his B.A. (1860), B.C.L. (1862), and D.C.L. (1866). As a young man, Traill played first-class cricket for Oxford, Kent, and Marylebone. In 1865, he was called to the bar by the Inner Temple. He wrote two books about Oxford life: a collection of poems Lays of Modern Oxford (1874) published anonymously and a collection of stories Tales of Modern Oxford (1882). He died in 1905 in Hampstead.
References: DNB (Henry Duff Traill); Times (5 October 1905)