novelist, poet, and journalist, born in Malta, and educated at Shrewsbury School and in Paris. He travelled to Australia in 1884 for health reasons (he was tubercular) and worked there as a journalist, while publishing a collection of poems, Songs of the Army of the Night (1888). His novella, The Melbournians (1892), describes social and political life in Australia and the emerging sense of national identity; The Australians (1893) collects articles and essays on similar themes. Adams returned to England in 1890, where he was to commit suicide. His novel, A Child of the Age (1894), which vividly descibes the schooldays and poverty‐stricken struggles of a would‐be poet and scholar, is suffused with a fin‐de‐siècle melancholy.