Francis William Bain

(1863—1940) scholar and writer

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(1863–1940) married (1890) Helen Margarita Blandford (d. 1931). The son of a historian, he was educated at Westminster School (where he was head boy) and Christ Church, Oxford; he became a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He had published fiction, for example Dmitri (1890), a historical romance set in Russia, before his decision, which rather surprised his friends, to take in 1892 a job in the Indian educational service as professor of history and economics at the Deccan College, Poona. A brilliant teacher, he rose to become its principal, studied Sanskrit, and was inspired to write exotic fables and fiction about India, usually purporting to be ‘translated from the original manuscript’, of which In the Great God's Hair (1904), A Heifer of the Dawn (1904), A Draught of the Blue (1905), and A Syrup of the Bees (1914) are characteristic. His Indian Stories were collected in thirteen volumes (1913–20). He also published on economics and history.

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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