George John Whyte-Melville

(1821—1878) novelist and poet

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was an authority on field sports. Most of his literary works were novels, sometimes historical, and hunting figures largely in many of them. His first, Digby Grand, was published in 1853; Galsworthy, at Oxford, fell under the spell of the ‘Bright Things’ in Whyte‐Melville's novels and Digby Grand was Jolyon's (in The Forsyte Saga) first idol. His other novels include Holmby House (1859), a historical romance describing the Civil War; Market Harborough (1861); and The Gladiators (1863). He also published his Songs and Verse (1869), and Riding Recollections (1879) was a notable book on horsemanship. He was killed in a hunting accident.

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