Julian Sturgis

(1848—1904) novelist

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(1848–1904) married (1883) Mary Maude Beresford. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Sturgis came to Britain with his family aged seven months. He was educated at Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read classics. There he proved to be an excellent amateur oarsman, and graduated MA in 1875. He qualified as a barrister in 1876 and was naturalized a British citizen in 1877. He travelled in Turkey in 1878 and in the US in 1880. His first novel was John-A-Dreams (1878), and his gently humorous fiction became very popular. In his last novel, Stephen Calinari (1901), a rich, wayward young man at Oxford in the 1870s intends to have a brilliant political career, but settles for true love. Sturgis also published Count Julian: A Spanish Tragedy in Verse (1893) and A Book of Song (1894); and wrote opera libretti, including those for Ivanhoe (1891) by Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900) and Much Ado About Nothing (1901) by Sir Charles Stanford (1852–1924). Sturgis also published a critique of a statement by Arthur Balfour (1848–1930) on the economic implications of insular free trade: The Prime Minister's Pamphlet: A Study and Some Thoughts (1903). Howard Sturgis was his brother.

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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