(March 1, 1861 – December 20, 1905) was an American novelist
Harland was born in New York City
and attended City College
but pretended to be Russian-born. His literary career falls into two distinct sections. During the first of these, writing under the pseudonym Sidney Luska
, he produced a series of highly sensational novels, written with little regard to literary quality.
But in 1890 Harland moved to London
and fell under the influence of the Aesthetic movement
. He began writing under his own name and, in 1894, became the founding editor of The Yellow Book
. The first novels of this new period, Mademoiselle Miss
(1893), Grey Roses
(1895), and Comedies and Errors
(1898), were praised by critics but had little general popularity. He finally achieved a wide readership with The Cardinal's Snuff-box
(1900), which was followed by The Lady Paramount
(1901) and My Friend Prospero
Harland died at Sanremo
, after a prolonged illness.
- The Oxford Companion to American Literature. 6th Edition. Edited by James D. Hart, revised by Phillip W. Leininger. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996. p. 271. ISBN 0195065484.
- Foote, Stephanie. "Ethnic Plotting: Henry Harland and the Jewish Writer." American Literature. March 2003 (75:1): 119-140.
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