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1904. English novelist who was secretary to Dante Gabriel Rossetti, he lived with him until the poet's death and then wrote Recollections of Rossetti. His enormously popular novels, some of Manx life, others on biblical themes, include The Shadow of a Crime, The Deemster, The Manxman, The Christian, The Prodigal Son, and The Master of Man. The novel begins: Iceland had never looked more wonderful. The stern old Northland, which in the daylight bears always and everywhere on its sphinx-like face the mutilating imprint of the burnt-out fires of ten thousand ages, and would seem to be dead but for the murmurings of volcanic life in its sulfurous womb, lay in the autumn moonlight like a great creature asleep-calm, august, and blue as the night. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.