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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Alfred Wilks Drayson

Author: Alfred Wilks Drayson (1827–1901)

Biography: Alfred Wilks Drayson was born in 1827, the son of engineer William Drayson, who worked at the Royal Gunpowder Factory. His older sister was the novelist Caroline Agnes Drayson. Drayson joined the Royal Artillary and eventually became a professor at Woolwich. He wrote widely: travel works about Africa, military handbooks, popular science, fiction, and games manuals (especially whist and billiards). In addition, he wrote a memoir of his life, Experiences of a Woolwich Professor (1886). He died in 1901.

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References: David R. Beasley, The Canadian Don Quixote (2004)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Adventures of Hans Sterk, the South African Hunter and Pioneer.  1 vol.  London: Griffith and Farran, 1869.
  2. The Young Dragoon: or, Every Day Life of a Soldier.  1 vol.  London: Ward and Lock, 1874.
  3. The Gentleman Cadet: His Career and Adventures at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. A Tale of the Past.  1 vol.  London: Griffith and Farran, 1875.
  4. The White Chief of the Caffres.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1887.
  5. From Keeper to Captain: Being the Adventures of G. Cooperson During his Career in the Dragoons.  1 vol.  London: Routledge, 1889.
  6. The Diamond Hunters of South Africa.  1 vol.  London: Griffith and Farran, 1889.