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Haldane Macfall

(1860—1928)


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(1860–1928) married Mabel Plumridge. The son of an army doctor, he was educated at Norwich Grammar School and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He served in Jamaica and West Africa between 1885 and 1892, and began to contribute impressions of colonial life to the Graphic; he was forced to retire as a lieutenant after contracting ‘Yellow Jack’ fever in Sierra Leone. In the First World War he rejoined and reached the rank of major. His range was wide; he published, among other works, a study (1928) of Aubrey Beardsley (1872–98) and other arthistorical works, military studies, and Ibsen: The Man, His Art & His Significance (1903). His idiosyncratic and remarkable novels include The Wooings of Jezebel Pettyfer (1898), a picaresque novel set in the West Indies (which is dedicated to his stepmother, ‘Sarah Grand’); The Masterfolk (1903); Rouge (1906), written with Dion Clayton Calthrop; and The Three Students (1926), set in eleventh-century Persia. He painted, exhibiting at the Royal Academy, designed and decorated books, and was called ‘the Marie Corelli of art criticism’. MacFall was given a Civil List pension in 1914 for services to literature. He died after an operation.

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

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