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Edward H. Cooper

(1867—1910) novelist


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(1867–1910). Born at Newcastle under Lyme, the son of a landowner, Cooper went to University College, Oxford. He was an active Liberal Unionist, and after 1896 a journalist working in Paris for the New York World and Galignani's Messenger. In 1901 he visited Finland and wrote about its politics. He returned to London and was special reporter on the Daily Mail (1903–6). Though crippled from childhood, he loved hunting, and described his recreations in Who's Who as ‘horse-racing, children's parties’. His interest in children led him to work with the movement for legislation to protect children from cruelty and to write a number of children's books, most notably a Carrollesque series about a little girl called Wye-marke. The Twentieth Century Child (1905) is non-fiction; it includes some stories written by small children. Cooper is sentimental about children, but also practical; he writes sympathetically about the conflict between the ideology of motherhood and the movement for the education and enfranchisement of women. The fascination with children and racing give a distinct flavour to his novels. His first was the semi-autobiographical Geoffory [sic] Hamilton (1893). The Eternal Choice (1901) is a novel about English high society, which hinges on an elderly and religious millionaire's deliberations about which of his relations should be his heir. The Marquis and Pamela (1908) is a light romance, with many racecourse scenes.

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

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