Oliver Madox Hueffer

(1876—1931) writer

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(1877 or 9–1931) married Zoe Pyne. He was the younger brother of Ford Madox Hueffer and like him went to Praetorius School and University College School. He published eight volumes of fiction under his own name between 1901 and 1931 and five as ‘Jane Wardle’ 1907–10. His brother wrote that he had ‘run through the careers of Man About Town, Army Officer, Actor, Stockbroker, Painter, Author and under the auspices of the father of one of his fiancées, that of Valise Manufacturer’. Badly wounded in the First World War, he lived afterwards in Versailles. He died of a seizure. Where Truth Lies: A Study in the Improbable (1911) is a comedy about a clerk who inherits a title and, kidnapped by mistake, finds himself with a girl who so longs for romance that he tells her he is a burglar. Hunt the Slipper (1913) is a caper-novel concerning the adventures of a 76-year-old military man who travels to America to investigate his son's mysterious disappearance. The narrative, like that of The Moonstone (1868) by Wilkie Collins (1824–89), is divided among the various colourful protagonists.

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

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