(1856–1913), Indiana author, whose most popular work was the historical romance When Knighthood Was in Flower (1898), in which the master of the dance, Sir Edwin Caskoden, tells of the love of Queen Mary and Charles Brandon, with a romantic background of 16th-century England. Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall (1902) is another romance of this period. Both stories were successfully dramatized and, since their first vogue, have passed into the field of juvenile literature. Major wrote several other historical novels and attempted local-color fiction.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.