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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Horace Frank Lester

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.

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References: British Census (1881, 1891); Men-at-the-Bar (1885); Times (13 October 1896)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Under Two Fig Trees.  1 vol.  London: Ward and Downey, 1886.
  2. Ben D'Ymion and Other Parodies.  1 vol.  London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1887.
  3. Hartas Maturin.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1888.
  4. The Taking of Dover.  1 vol.  Bristol: Arrowsmith, 1888.
  5. Queen of the Hamlet.  2 vol.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1894.