Alphonse Courlander


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(1881–1914) married Elsa Hahn. Born at Hampton Wick, he was educated at Whitgift Grammar School and abroad. He published seven novels between 1904 and 1912, and at the time of his early death was regarded as a promising young writer. Some of his fiction is influenced by that of Thomas Hardy (1840–1928). The Taskmaster (1904) is set among bricklayers near Salisbury; Seth of the Cross (1905) is about the disillusionment of a Wiltshire roadmender with literary pretensions. Mightier than the Sword (1912) has some interesting discussion of the life of Fleet Street journalists. The hero, Humphrey Quain, progresses from a provincial reporter to a special correspondent, shedding various women as he goes, and dies in a French riot.

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.