(1847–1930), born in Massachusetts, was known as a professor of civil engineering and mathematics before the success of his fiction. He later served as U.S. minister to Persia, Greece, Rumania, Serbia, and Spain. Besides mathematical texts and a book of verse, he was the author of several popular novels: But Yet a Woman (1883), a stylized tale of contemporary France; The Wind of Destiny (1886), a romantic story set in Europe and the U.S., and its sequel, His Daughter First (1903); Passe Rose (1889), a romance of the time of Charlemagne; and Helen (1916), a novel of international society, set in France. Diane and Her Friends (1914) is a collection of stories.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.