Horace G. Hutchinson

(1859—1932) golfer and writer

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(1859–1932) married (1893) Dorothy Margaret Chapman. The son of a general, Hutchinson went to Charterhouse, but had to leave because of poor health which dogged him all his life. Instead he went to the United Services College, Westward Ho!, near his parents' home in Devon. (He was just too old to have overlapped with Kipling.) While living in Devon he learnt to play golf, then just rising into popularity. He became one of the best players in England, and published many books which helped to promote the spread of the sport, beginning with his first publication, Hints on the Game of Golf (1886). After Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1878–81), Hutchinson began to read for the Bar but his health broke down again. In 1890 he had the idea of becoming a sculptor and studied briefly with G. F. Watts (1817–1904). He gradually drifted into authorship, writing extensively on sport. Several of his twenty-eight volumes of fiction have sporting backgrounds (for example Bert Edward, The Golf Caddie, 1903). A Friend of Nelson (1902) is a rather dry historical romance ending before the battle of Trafalgar. In The Eight of Diamonds: The Story of a Week-End (1914) a wastrel about to go bankrupt cheats at cards but confesses. Hutchinson was gravely ill for the last eighteen years of his life.

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

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